The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees

By: Don Brown

Starting in 2011, refugees flood out of war-torn Syria in Exodus-like proportions. The surprising flood of victims overwhelms neighboring countries, and chaos follows. Resentment in host nations heightens as disruption and the cost of aid grows. By 2017, many want to turn their backs on the victims. The refugees are the unwanted. Don Brown depicts moments of both heartbreaking horror and hope in the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis. Shining a light on the stories of the survivors, The Unwanted is a testament to the courage and resilience of the refugees and a call to action for all those who read.

Author’s journal describing his visits to refugee camps. Author’s note on recent global events. Source notes. Bibliography. Poem. Full-color illustrations rendered in pen and ink with digital paint.

ISBN: 9781328810151

JLG Release: Oct 2018


Sensitive Areas: Harsh realities of war
Topics: Syrian Civil War (2011– ) , Refugees , History of Syria , Current events , Religious discrimination , Islamophobia , Muslims , Graphic novels

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Awards & Honors

2019 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Winner
2019 Sibert Award Honor
CCBC Choices 2019 Choice: Contemporary People, Places, and Events

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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There are over five million Syrian refugees around the world today, and each one has a unique story. Brown returns to the comics format of Drowned City (rev. 9/15) and The Great American Dust Bowl (rev. 11/13) to create a powerful history of the Syrian civil war, punctuated with the stories of many individual refugees. With the incorporation of the There are over five million Syrian refugees around the world today, and each one has a unique story. Brown returns to the comics format of Drowned City (rev. 9/15) and The Great American Dust Bowl (rev. 11/13) to create a powerful history of the Syrian civil war, punctuated with the stories of many individual refugees. With the incorporation of the refugees’ own words, this multiplicity of experiences accumulates and compounds to great emotional effect. Some of the refugees (all real people) have success stories to tell: a young girl and her family find refuge in Canada, where she thrives, “takes up skating, and enjoys Halloween.” Many other stories are tragic. A man loses his family when their boat capsizes; other Syrian refugees face hostility in Europe (“REFUGEES NOT WELCOME!”) or discrimination in neighboring, overwhelmed Lebanon. Near the end, one mother asserts, “The future is not for us. The future is for our children.” Brown provides concrete comparisons that make the problem more tangible and relatable (he compares the population of Syria to that of Florida; he shows how the influx of refugees from Syria to Lebanon is, proportionately, as if the entire population of Mexico moved to the United States). As in the previous works, illustrations have a sketchbook-like quality and feature faces drawn with minimal features that are nonetheless expressive, lending the subjects a sort of universality. The varied panels perfectly control the pacing, thoughtfully guiding readers through difficult subject matter. Appended material includes Brown’s impressions from his visits to refugee camps in Greece, an extensive bibliography, and source notes for all quotations. The wrenching stories and illustrations would complement a historical inquiry of the conflict, or provide much-needed humanity to a depersonalized and politicized topic. julie hakim azzam

Book Details

ISBN

9781328810151

First Release

October 2018

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

10 1/4" x 6 1/2"

Page Count

112

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.7; Points: 1;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

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Level

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Harsh realities of war

Topics

Syrian Civil War (2011– ), Refugees, History of Syria, Current events, Religious discrimination, Islamophobia, Muslims, Graphic novels,

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