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The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees

by Don Brown

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Sibert Honor Medalist â^(tm) New York Public Library Best Of 2018 â^(tm) The Horn Book's Fanfare 2018 list â^(tm) Kirkus Best Books of 2018 â^(tm) YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Winner In the tradition of two-time Sibert honor winner Don Brown's critically acclaimed, full-color nonfiction graphic novelsThe Great American Dust Bowl andDrowned City,The Unwanted is an important, timely, and eye-opening exploration of the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, exposing the harsh realities of living in, and trying to escape, a war zone. 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 Unwantedis a testament to the courage and resilience of the refugees and a call to action for all those who read.… (more)
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This novel is a perfect depiction of what life was like for the Syrian refugees, the lives they were forced to live, them trying to escape and a war zone. This book may need to be labeled for sensitive content due to the visuals that the author is able to give with his depictions of these events. Using this book in history classes and english classes can be a beneficial resources for students in order to truly grasp what the people were going through during these dark times. ( )
  Brooke115 | Apr 30, 2021 |
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  hexenlibrarian | May 19, 2020 |
This book is a startling but honest look at how Syrians were being treated unfairly, a fact that was emphasized by them being referred to as "the unwanted." It details all of the struggles the people who were searching for a better life had to face, and ends with the success stories some of them had. It would be great for using in a history or government class while going over current issues. It is a hard to read book because it is a sad look at reality, but wonderfully done. ( )
  kodonnell | Apr 5, 2020 |
In 2011, Syrian refugees flood out of their country because of the war. These victims overflood neighborhoods, and towns and resentement starts builidng up. By 2017, many people dont want to help the victims and the syrian refugees become the unwanted. This books shows what the Syrian refugees went through and are still going through during this crisis. I think kids should read this so that they can see what goes on in other countries and give them different perspectives of what goes on in the world around them. ( )
  kaitlynntoorcana | Mar 29, 2020 |
The book puts the student inside the shoes of a Syrian refugee and is an eye opening novel to the life they live. It is a great book to use in an writing lesson, where students express their feelings on what is going on and possibly coming up with a solution. I recommend this book for students that are in seventh grade and above. ( )
  EricSantamaria | Nov 12, 2019 |
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March 2011
Dara'a, southern Syria
Teenage boys scrawl "Down with the regime" on a wall.
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Sibert Honor Medalist â^(tm) New York Public Library Best Of 2018 â^(tm) The Horn Book's Fanfare 2018 list â^(tm) Kirkus Best Books of 2018 â^(tm) YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Winner In the tradition of two-time Sibert honor winner Don Brown's critically acclaimed, full-color nonfiction graphic novelsThe Great American Dust Bowl andDrowned City,The Unwanted is an important, timely, and eye-opening exploration of the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, exposing the harsh realities of living in, and trying to escape, a war zone. 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 Unwantedis a testament to the courage and resilience of the refugees and a call to action for all those who read.

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