Meltem's Journey: A Refugee Diaryby Anthony Robinson, Annemarie Young, June Allan
This fourth book in the Refugee Diary series follows a Kurdish family from Eastern Turkey. 13 year old Meltem tells the story of their journey to the UK, and the harrowing months waiting to find out if they can stay in Britain. Meltem encounters racism, her father goes missing and the family is sent to Yarl's Wood detention centre. But the end of the story is full
This fourth book in the Refugee Diary series follows a Kurdish family from Eastern Turkey. 13 year old Meltem tells the story of their journey to the UK, and the harrowing months waiting to find out if they can stay in Britain. Meltem encounters racism, her father goes missing and the family is sent to Yarl's Wood detention centre. But the end of the story is full of hope for the future, as the family is at last given permission to stay in the UK and Meltem starts a new school and makes friends. A powerful addition to the acclaimed Refugee Diaries series. Other titles in the series include: Gervelie's Journey, Mohammed's Journey, Hamzat's Journey
A Kurdish refugee tells the story of her family's constant threat of imprisonment and deportation when asylum is denied following their illegal journey from a village in eastern Turkey to England.
Fourteen-year-old Meltem recounts her incredibly precarious and tension-failed life, beginning with her early childhood on her parents' pistachio farm. Their once-peaceful and productive existence is interrupted by the beating of her father by Turkish soldiers. His eventual escape to Germany leads Meltem and her mother to follow, with some underground help and the assistance of the German social services. Their arrival in England complicates their asylum application, because their escape involved coming through another country. The constant movement—in and out of apartments, transitions to several schools, detainment, even imprisonment—and the final loss of her father to cancer culminate in some serious psychological problems for this child, who openly exhibits anxiety and depression. Loose watercolors against pale green backgrounds, some with folk-art borders, occasionally complemented by photographic inserts, depict the family and their continually changing situation. Robinson's text is blunt and often choppy, reflecting the girl's voice in her newly acquired English. Meltem's plight ends on a positive tone with official permission to stay in England providing some stability through a new high school, friends and the dream of becoming a doctor.
Starkly realistic and eye-opening, if emotionally difficult.(facts about Kurdistan, historical note) (Informational picture book. 8-12)
Meet the Author
JULIAN ROBINSON is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. He worked for fifteen years as a professional fashion designer, with his own label and as a consultant, working with Sir Norman Hartnell, Yves Saint Laurent, Mary Quant and Zandra Rhodes.He worked as a lecturer at colleges and universities in the UK and Australia and is the author of numerous books including The Brilliance of Art Deco (1987), The Fine Art of Fashion (1989) and The Golden Age of Style (1983).
June Allan has illustrated many children's books. She lives in Edinburgh, U.K.
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