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Annick Press Spring 2017

Stormy Seas
Stories of Young Boat Refugees
By (author): Mary Beth Leatherdale Illustrated by: Eleanor Shakespeare
Mary Beth Leatherdale ,

Illustrated by :

Eleanor Shakespeare


Annick Press - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


Young Adult : Age (years) 10 - 14, Age (years) 10 - 14, Grade (CAN) 5 - 9, Reading age 10 - 14
Apr 11, 2017
$14.95 CAD


11in x 8.5 x 0.21 in | 260 gr

Page Count:

64 pages
Annick Press
YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Social Topics / Emigration & Immigration
Bangkok Book Awards finalist 2017, Short-listed Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2017, Joint winner Booklist Editors’ Choice List 2017, Joint winner Booklist Top 10 Diverse Nonfiction for Older and Middle Readers 2018, Joint winner Books of the Year, Quill & Quire 2017, Joint winner Chicago Public Library’s Best Books List 2017, Joint winner Cybils Bloggers’ Literary Awards nomination 2017, Nominated EUREKA! Nonfiction Children’s Book Awards, California Reading Association 2017, Joint winner Foreword Indies Book of the Year Award finalist 2018, Short-listed Independent Publisher Book Award 2018, Joint winner Maine Student Book Award finalist 2018, Short-listed Nautilus Book Award, Silver 2019, Joint winner Next Generation Indie Book Award finalist 2018, Short-listed Notable Books for a Global Society 2018, Joint winner Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award 2020, Short-listed Rocky Mountain Book Award nomination 2017, Nominated Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award, Honor Book 2018, Commended Skipping Stones Honor Award 2018, Joint winner Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List 2018, Joint winner Top Ten Best Bet, Ontario Library Association 2018, Joint winner VOYA Nonfiction Honor List 2018, Joint winner White Ravens Collection, International Youth Library, Munich 2018, Joint winner
  • Short Description
A treacherous voyage across the open seas is the last hope for safety and freedom for five young people from around the world.
A treacherous voyage across the open seas is the last hope for safety and freedom for five young people from around the world. The phenomenon of desperate refugees risking their lives to reach safety is not new. For hundreds of years, people have left behind family, friends, and all they know in hope of a better life. This book presents five true stories about young people who lived through the harrowing experience of setting sail in search of asylum: Ruth and her family board the St. Louis to escape Nazism; Phu sets out alone from war-torn Vietnam; José tries to reach the U.S. from Cuba; Najeeba flees Afghanistan and the Taliban; Mohamed, an orphan, runs from his village on the Ivory Coast. Aimed at middle grade students, Stormy Seas combines a contemporary collage-based design, sidebars, fact boxes, timeline and further reading to produce a book that is ideal for both reading and research. Readers will gain new insights into a situation that has constantly been making the headlines.

- The plight of refugees risking their lives at sea is a very timely topic - Five true stories relate experiences from around the world from 1939 to the present - Stories are written with the same sense of drama one would expect in fiction - Factual information provided in sidebars - Archival photographs - Timeline - Further Reading and Resources

Mary Beth Leatherdale writes, edits and consults on books, magazines, and digital resources for children and youth.

Eleanor Shakespeare is an illustrator and designer specializing in collage and photomontage image making. She works across publishing, editorial and design, and is the artist-in-residence at a high school in South London.

“Timely stories of courage and resilience.”

- The Banner, 08/04/17

“An extraordinary resource, compelling in content and useful as a resource to launch research.”

- Unpacking the Power of Picture Books, 07/16/17

“[The] stories get gorgeously, affectingly enhanced by London-based artist Eleanor Shakespeare.”

- Bookdragon, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, 04/17

“A timely, powerful piece of nonfiction, this is a first purchase for most collections.”

- School Library Journal, *starred review, 04/17

“Gut-punch of a volume . . . offers an affecting perspective on the plight of refugees and emphasizes that this human-rights crisis is an ongoing, urgent issue.”

- Booklist, *starred review, 04/15/17

“Harrowing, wrenching, and hopeful.”

- Publishers Weekly, *starred review, 03/27/17

“An important and powerful book that is sure to spark discussion about the refugee crisis. A must have purchase for school and public libraries.”

- CM Reviews, 09/15/17

“The format helps a great deal as well as the overall layout that appeared somewhat like a newsletter, chunking the information into bite-size pieces that even the more reluctant readers would be drawn to read.”

- Gathering Books, 11/28/17

“It’s hard not to be moved by the sagas of these adolescents desperate to find a better life.”

- Cooperstown Crier, 11/16/17

“Should be shared in late middle and high school classrooms.”

- Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 07/22/18

“A wonderful addition to a unit of study on refugees, immigration, and/or multiculturalism.”

- Green Teacher, Winter/19

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