A timely, poignant middle-grade novel about family, sacrifice, and the friendship between a young Syrian refugee and an American boy living in Brussels.
Katherine Marsh is the Edgar Award-winning author of The Night Tourist; The Twilight Prisoner; Jepp, Who Defied the Stars; and The Door By the Staircase. Katherine grew up in New York and now lives in Brussels, Belgium, with her husband and two children. katherinemarsh.com @MarshKatherine
People Magazine "Kid Pick"
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books of 2018
New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Books of 2018
"A hopeful story about recovery, empathy, and the bravery of young people." --Booklist "This well-crafted and suspenseful novel touches on the topics of refugees and immigrant integration, terrorism, Islam, Islamophobia, and the Syrian war with sensitivity and grace." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review "An important and riveting story, masterfully told. Move this one to the top of your to-be-read pile immediately." --Barbara O'Connor, author of Wish and Wonderland
"Elegantly structured, plausible in its improbable plot, and studded with moments of rapturous prose. The book ends on a single word that sums up its entire message: Hope." --The New York Times Book Review "Nowhere Boy has the authenticity of nonfiction, with all the heart and pulse of a great novel. As a journalist, who has reported on the refugee crisis for years, I was deeply impressed by how real and gripping Marsh's tale felt--from the very start--as a father and son clung to a life raft in rough seas. This should be required reading in middle schools across America." --Jake Halpern, winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for his series, "Welcome to the New World," in the New York Times A "perilous journey, tempered by the striking realism of obstacles refugees face daily." --The Bulletin, starred review
"Marsh skillfully weaves the historical parallels with a touching story of friendship. She ratchets up the tension and suspense, until it becomes unbearable; readers will fly through the last hundred pages. . .Thoughtfully touching on immigration, Islamophobia, and terrorism, this novel is a first-purchase. Hands to fans of Alan Gratz's Refugee." --School Library Journal, starred review
"Through the boys' deepening friendship, [Katherine Marsh] offers a timely and entertaining tale of suspense and intrigue while eloquently conveying the courage necessary to trust another person in a climate rife with fear, suspicion, and ethical dilemmas." --Publishers Weekly, starred review "Beautifully done." --People Magazine "Perfect for classroom reads, this timely novel with its strong male protagonists will foster discussions about friendship, Islam, and complex refugee predicaments throughout the world." --VOYA