(blog) A House Without Walls

A House Without Walls by Elizabeth Laird

A House Without Walls is a powerful story of family, hope and redemption amidst the refugee crisis in Syria from the award-winning Elizabeth Laird.

Thirteen-year-old Safiya and her family have been driven out of Syria by civil war. Safiya knows how lucky she is – lucky not to be living in a refugee camp, lucky to be alive. But it’s hard to feel grateful when she’s forced to look after her father and brother rather than go back to school, and now that she’s lost her home, she’s lonelier than ever.

As they struggle to rebuild their lives, Safiya realises that her family has always been incomplete and with her own future in the balance, it’s time to uncover the secrets that war has kept buried.

It is beautifully written from the eyes of a 13 year old girl. So many eye opening life lessons in there for the younger reader without being overly sad/emotional/traumatic.

The story has some twists and turns and plenty of action as well as descriptions about how she feels about everything from learning to cook to the cold damp living conditions she finds herself in. I really loved Safiya. She was a very honest character and well written as a thirteen year old. The book shows both funny moments for her, angry and sad and clever moments when she really is quite sneeky.

If you liked The Boy at the back of the class you are sure to love this one

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