Fifteen-year-old Yasmin lives with her parents and six year old brother Ali in a small town in Syria. The country is at war, and after her father is injured in a bomb blast, Yasmin is forced to leave Syria with Ali to find a new life for them both. Her difficult journey takes her through the refugee camps of Turkey, into Greece and ultimately to western Europe. In the face of many terrors and terrible dangers, Yasmin strikes up a romantic friendship with sixteen-year-old Kamal. Can they find peace and safety together?
Featuring a warm romantic love story combined with relevant cultural and social issues, this book is idea for the girl who may be a reluctant reader but who wants to read books that are applicable to her age group. As part of the Promises series, this book tells a love story with light-heartedness and warmth, while dealing with real-life issues from a different perspective.
This is Book 5 in the Promises Series. See all Promises books here.
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Miriam Halahmy writes novels, short stories and poetry. Hidden (2011) was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and was Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week. A stage adaptation toured the UK in 2017. Her other books include Illegal, Stuffed and The Emergency Zoo. Behind Closed Doors was published in US by Holiday House in 2017. Miriam is a member of the SocieMore about Miriam Halahmy