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Azzi in Between

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  340 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Azzi and her parents are in danger. They have to leave their home and escape to another country on a frightening journey by car and boat. In the new country they must learn to speak a new language, find a new home and Azzi must start a new school. With a kind helper at the school, Azzi begins to learn English and understand that she is not the only one who has had to flee ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 18th 2012 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books
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Jon Nakapalau
Excellent perspective on what it means to be a refuge from the perspective of a little girl who can't understand why her grandmother is no longer with her. Heartfelt and honest with wonderful art. ...more
Daisy May Johnson
Azzi In Between first came to my attention following it winning the inaugural Little Rebels Children’s Book Award . This, coupled with the review it got over at Playing By The Book meant that it was one book that was very much on my radar.

And I'm so glad it was.

There's a problem (do I mean problem? issue, maybe, concern, maybe) with books of this nature sometimes becoming too overly didactic. I don't mind that at times but I do mind it when the ideology becomes overwhelming for the reader. Ther
Margaret Boling
1/25/14 ** This picture book, written and illustrated in frames, as a graphic novel would be, tells the story of Azzi, a refugee from an unspecified* middle-eastern country to a western country. The story is a little more nuanced than some, with several moves, leaving a grandmother behind and then having her come join then. It seemed to go longer than I intuitively expected, with two narrative peaks. The structure fit "real life" better than some fiction does.

This book would help American childr
The winner of 2013's Little Rebels prize for radical children's book, this graphic novel tells the story of Azzi and her family who leave their war-torn country, and manage a difficult and dangerous journey to safety. They leave behind all their possessions, and worse, they leave Azzi's beloved grandmother. The family have left a beautiful house and garden, but in the new country they live in one room. Eventually, Azzi makes friends and learns the language, and the book ends on an optimistic not ...more
Becca Edwards
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I think that it is very relevant at the moment, and it would be a good book to address any ideas or misconceptions children may have about refugees. It has been written in such a way, that children could read it and understand it alone, and the illustrations can also be used to help children understand the story. It shows the differences in countries and cultures, and children would be able to notice similarities and differences between Azzi's life and their own lives ...more
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
There should be more children's books/graphic novels along these lines. Telling the story of real-life issues that many young people go through all over the world- living through war, having to flee, moving to a country where they do not speak the language. I enjoyed the art & story but wish the structure of the comic had been more creative, but understand that it is likely serving as an introduction to the genre. ...more
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: refugee and new immigrant requests
This is a nice introductory story about refugees. I love the hopeful ending of Azzi and her family reunited and settling in. However, it lost one star for not including the spicy bean recipe.
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Wow, what a powerful and emotive story. I picked this book up thinking it could be good to promote a multi-cultural classroom but it was so much more than that!

The story follows the journey of Azzi, a young girl, forced to leave her home and country due to the dangers of war. We experience her struggles to adapt to her new life and how she copes with missing what she had to leave behind.

I love how Garland has structured this story, it is set out in a comic strip-like style and I think this make
Sharni Benson
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I work with lots of refugee kids and this gave me a real insight to what it is like for them.

From the perspective of a little girl (age not determined but early primary school), it paints a picture of what it was like for one so innocent, just having fun as kids do but watching the soldiers and listening to helicopters and guns, then the escape. But most of the story is focussing on her life in a new country, where everything is different but all she wants is for her family to be happy and toget
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very highly recommended for children, teachers and parents. My children loved the story, found it exciting and interesting and have a much better understanding now of the experience of refugees. This is a long book compared with most picture books and this length allows the author to explore Azzi's journey in detail. It's not just about a perilous journey to a new country, but also her struggles with a new language and culture. ...more
Stephanie Tournas
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Azzi and her parents escape from an unnamed country at war, leaving behind her beloved Grandma. They find refuge in another country, and Azzi starts school and learn to speak English. But, life is hard for the little family. Azzi's father especially misses his garden. And then, Azzi thinks of a way to bring a bit of home to their new country.

The warm, bright colors depict the destruction of war, as well as the warmth of welcome of a new country.
I was really impressed with this book--it showed just enough of the child's view on war and on being a refugee to make the reader anxious and afraid, but not so much that it would overwhelm or trigger a kid. I especially liked how the effort to learn English was described throughout the book. I look forward to seeing what my graphic novel gurus think of this one at the library. ...more
Jack Sharpe
This was an amazing book that clearly displays the emotions and events that could take a place for a family who have to leave a country. This follows the story with more detail then 'The Journey' and would be more usual to share with a class. This would be perfect for a class that has a new starter in their class, or just to help a child's own moral compass. ...more
Lamis Gabr
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
very touchy story and very expressive illustrations, a lot to tell and to explain to your kids behind its lines , about war, homeland meaning , the refugee's suffering, family and hope. My son and I really enjoyed reading this deep story together. ...more
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A quite brilliant and sensitively written account of a child's journey as a refugee. It prompts many good discussions about how one might feel as a refugee with the hardships possibly encountered when having to escape from war and other dangers. A must read for every child and parent. ...more
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Gentle, strong, thought provoking, hopeful - a lovely book indeed.
Edward Sullivan
Nov 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
A sensitive, hopeful story about a refugee family told from a young child's perspective in graphic format. ...more
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant to read with children to get a sense of some of what it is like to be a child refugee. Sensitively told and a message of hope
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beautiful book to help young readers understand what it would be like to be a refugee.
Ellie L
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
A story that follows a child named Azzi, who is forced to seek safety by fleeing her home within a war-torn country, and yet remains unstable and uncertain. Similarly to other refugee stories that I have read, Garland highlights the underlying sense of unfamiliarity within a country speaking a different language. However, I felt that there was greater emphasis placed upon yearning for familiarity through familial love, rather than craving the culture present in the home country. To me, it was th ...more
This is a fantastic picture book which is set out similarly to a comic strip which provides so much extra detail and tells the narrative in its own way. It tells the story of Azzi, a refugee who fled from her own country which was experiencing war to come and live in England. It's very emotive and it's a sensitive topic, children may be refugees themselves who may want to share their experiences or what they went through could be too difficult to talk about so as a teacher, you would have to kno ...more
Megan Bamforth
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Garland's book about Azzi and her family will be relatable to many children and families in the UK. This book will be great to show children to widen their understanding of the variety of backgrounds, cultures and experiences others have. It would be great to point out the similarities to Azzi's life to their own, to be able to empathise with Azzi and how the journey she has had is tough. The graphic novel-style picture book is heartbreaking but something children need to recognise as normal in ...more
Ben Cooke
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Felicity Gibson
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book would be great to read to a class that has children who have recently moved to England due to war in their home country. It shows the challenges experienced by these children in leaving their home country and settling down in a new one, as well as how we can make these children feel welcome at school. It offers many discussion points in PSHE; drama and writing opportunities in Literacy; and learning about plants in Science.
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve given this 5stars, but really it’s like 4.5. This is a beautifully told, beautifully drawn story of a young girl who becomes a refugee and flees her home country with her parents. It’s aimed at children so I can see why some of the more horrific aspects of life as a refugee are left out, but this meant it didn’t have the punch-in-the-gut impact I was hoping for. It was still a very good book for kids to read to gain an understanding of what other children are going through.
Erin Murray
What a lovely book about a refugee and her family seeking refuge in a new country, the themes discussed are done so in a very good manner to not only facilitate discussion but children who read this to have empathy for others. I thought the layout of the book in a 'comic book' manner was a unique element which really complimented the book. ...more
Jan 31, 2015 rated it liked it
this story ,about this girl named azzie escaping her country because of war and leaving her grandmother behing, she has to learn new language and her dad has to find a job or they won't have enough money to stay and they will have to go back to their country at war, is very good because i like adventure books and this one is very exiting, i do recommend this book!!!!!! ...more
Nov 13, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I read this book with the small group of under 5's I look after as part of a topic about refugees.

They had seen pictures in the news and wanted to know what was going on, so I set out to find a book they could understand and would help them to learn a little about what was happening. It wasn't easy, for some reason not many children's authors seem to write about young children having to leave their homes and undertake a frightening and dangerous journey to a country they're completely unfamiliar
Alli Marbois
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Azzi enjoys her life with her friends in family in her country as the war creeps ever closer to her front door. One day the family receives a phone call in the middle of the night that springs them into action and out of the life Azzi knew, leaving her grandmother behind. They travel to a boat that takes them to a new unfamiliar country where they know no one. Azzi is tasked with learning a new language, growing used to her new surroundings, making friends, remembering her old home, and wonderin ...more
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Sarah Garland has written and illustrated over forty picture books and adventure stories for young children. She is best known for her warm and witty portrayals of family relationships, and for her outstanding work for preschool picture books.

She lives in the beautiful village of Chedworth in the Cotswolds with
her husband, artist David Garland.

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