Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-07-13 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

"Unfortunately Stormy Seas comes at an unsympathetic and ugly time for refugees in the United States and EU. It is a time where angry debates, pernicious laws and frankly hate speech and actions are directed towards them. Right now gates are closing to Syrian refugees and borders are tightening or closed to those who are desperate and fearful for their lives. It makes me heartsick. Fortunately we have Stormy Seas to remind us that this has been an historical struggle that has happened since the 1600's and probably before. She shows us how all over the country, yours and mine, children were turned away despite being in danger and this has happened over and over again. Her focus in on children who are young boat refugees. Some came with family and some did not. Their fear and suffering are evident yet these young children find a place and some peace as they become citizens in their new country. The book is visually arresting. Using collage, picture, paint and a myriad of styles the pictures shows us the perils and promise of their harrowing journeys.

Thank you to Netgalley who gave me this book to review for an honest opinion.
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" A brilliant insight into the plight of refugees aimed at younger readers. This will be a quick read for most and the combination of pictures, descriptions and narrative are ideal for further classroom, or bedtime, discussions.I received an e-copy of this book from Netgalley and I'm very pleased to have read it. " said.

" Note: I received a digital review copy of this book through NetGalley. " said.

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"So timely due to current events. Horrifyingly so. History repeats itself over and over. This one is for elementary- to middle-grade kids and includes some beautiful artwork. You may think you don't need another story of immigration. You do. It is told chapter pictorially by chapter you meet another child from a war-torn part of the world. It focuses on boat refugees from WW2 until today. I feel like this volume is particularly useful because you can read it a chapter at a time and then rabbit trail into the country and time of history. I feel like this is a great tag along book if your older kids are reading This Land is Our Land.

I read a DRC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. We are reading through it slowly now as a part of our homeschooling. If I hadn't banned myself from buying books, I'd put this one in our home library.

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" This is one of the best nonfiction books on migration I've seen ever. It ticks all the boxes on content, graphics, info graphics, context and background and seeing migration as a constant historical process not isolated events. This would tie in with curriculum in upper elementary to high school as it can be accessed at so many levels. Absolutely a must buy. " said.


Stormy Seas

Stories of Young Boat Refugees

by Mary Beth Leatherdale

Annick Press Ltd.

Annick Press

Children's Nonfiction

Pub Date 11 Apr 2017

I am voluntarily reviewing Stormy Seas through the publisher and Netgalley:

We are reminded that for centuries, Refugees have been fleeing countries for centuries, to avoid religious persecution, or to get away from the dangers of war.

In 1939 18 year old Ruth leave on a ship to Havana Cuba, to flee from the Nazi's Hitler is in power and the danger of staying in Nazi occupied Germany is to great. Unfortunately the St. Lois is rejected at the Havana harbor and is forced to go back to Germany, some kill themselves or risk swimming the waters rather than face life in a Concencration Camp.

In 1979 Phu is fourteen years old, when his Mother pays a smuggler to put him on a boat to America. Phu spent eight months in the Pulau Bidong Refuge Camp, before he was flown to San Francisco to live with a cousin, two years later his Mother and siblings come to the U.S.

In 1980 Jose leaves Cuba, his parents opposed Fidel Castro, and communism. Jose's family moved to New York where his Grandmother lived then to New Jersey, he studied hard, learned English and is now an associate professor at Florida Southern College.

In the Year 2000 11 year old Nayeeba leaves Afghanistan to escape the Taliban. Nayeeba never heard of Australia or the Pacific Ocean because as a girl she was not allowed to go to school under Taliban rule. But in Australia they find themselves in a detention center, after six weeks in the detention center her family was sent to Tasmania, and then to Sydney after three years they were granted citizenship to Australia.

In 2006 Mohamed is 13 years old leaves Maple, Ivory Coast and in 2007 works in Guinea, Mali and Algeria to pay human traffickers to get him to Europe.

In 2008 he arrives in Libya where he is arrested and imprisoned for five months, in 2009 he crosses the Sea to Malta and is imprisoned in a Migrant camp. In 2010 he finally arrives in Italy.

I give Stormy Seas five out of five stars.

Happy Reading.
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" so relevant and far reaching. includes follow up to show success in their later lives. highlights refugee stories from all over the world, not just those trying to come to the U.S.A. " said.

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