Anahita is passionate, curious and determined. She is also an Iranian asylum seeker who is only allowed out of detention to attend school. On weekdays, during school hours, she can be a ‘regular Australian girl’.
Jono needs the distraction ...more
The book is narrated in short chapters of a page or two by either Ana, Jono or Jono's dad who has recently started work at the Detention Centre. The book sadly tells of the frustrations and ...more
A thoughtful read covering two types of immigrants - one as an asylum seeker who lives in a detention centre, and another as Vietnamese immigrant who has moved to Australia. Even within these communities, will we find prejudices against the two groups, and it really opens your eyes to the basic human rights that refugees are refused when they live in detention centres. With Ana's pregnant mother estranged from her partner, to their heavily monit ...more
I've been wanting to read this book ever since I heard about it over a year ago. I mean, the story of an Iranian teenage girl living in an Australian detention centre and the Vietnamese-Australian son of one of her guards who befriends her at school? Uh, WOW.
The story is split between Ana, Jono, and Jono's ...more
I walk to the gate,
in my hands.
Can't anyone see it,
in my palms?
Can't they see
on the ground?
Apart from currently haemorrhaging all over the place, I have never read such a true to life ending in a book.
And I finished 2 days before Book group. Wow! I'll have more to say after book group. I'm going whether my teeth are killing me or not (off to the dentist tomorrow and I know it'll be horrific)
At first I was apprehensive about reading this book because I didn’t enjoy her other books, but this was so much better and recommend you to read it!
What I didn’t love so much—(view spoiler)[There is no closure, there is no closure, there is no closure. URGHHHH. I’m so disappointed. I really loved Ana and Jono as a couple, and ...more
Oof. What a book to start off my challenge of reading the YA and MG books on the Children's Book Council of Australia's 2019 Notables List.
This is the story of Iranian asylum seeker, Ana, who is only let out of detention to attend school. There she meets and becomes close to Jono, the son of one of the officers at her detention centre. Meanwhile Jono's father, Kenny, becomes increasinly paranoid about the relationship betwe...more
Between Us examines a very topical subject in Australia at the moment - the offshore detention of asylum seekers who have arrived by boat. It's a subject that can be quite polarising and has a lot of misinformation around it.
Ana, her mother and her little brother have been moved off Nauru Island to the Wickham Detention Centre to await the birth of her mother's baby. Ana is allowed to go to school, howeve ...more
Ana is brave, strong and curious. She seeks out Jonathan.
Jonathan notices the new girl with dark eyes and a scarf.
Life in the refugee camp is harsh – jail-like. Some guards are conf ...more
Clare Atkins has done serious research to put this together - I went to the book launch in Sydney and heard about some of it - but as a former visitor to Wickham Point in Darwin, her descriptors took me right back there.
Powerful teen story of love, connection, and the impact of the ...more
The book is well researched and provides an insight into what life might be like for a teenager living in a detention centre in Darwin. The fictional teenage character, Ana, is an asylum seeker from Iran. She is living in the detention centre with her pregnant mother and toddler brother while they wait for news about their refugee status. They have been told that they will never be allowed to settle perma ...more
The story follows Kenny, a Vietnamese immigrant trying to make ends meet by working as a guard at a immigration detention centre in Darwin, his son Jono who is struggling with depression as well as the general anxieties that ...more
♢ The story follows an Iranian refugee who is living in a detention center with her pregnant mother and little brother. She attends a nearby local school in Darwin, where she gets a taste of everyday life for an Australian - only to return back to detention each day.
The light that this book sheds on life inside a detention center is a c ...more
I really enjoyed this book! I thought that every character was really well thought out, and the story was interesting and full of emotion all through the book.
I really loved how much I learnt from Between Us. I've never really known much about the refugee situation here in Australia, so I'm really glad I read this book. There was a heap of information in here, but it never felt like it was just information, if that makes sense. It really fit into and helped the story progress, i ...more
She has also written for many successful Australian television dramas, including All Saints, Home & Away, Headland, Winners & Losers and Wonderland.
She has a teaching d ...more
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