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Nowhere Boy

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

by Katherine Marsh, 362 pages, Grades 6-8.

Max has just moved from the U.S. to Belgium with his family. The family is renting a home in Brussels and Max will be attending the local middle school where the language is FRENCH! He doesn’t yet speak French which seems like a big problem to Max – it’s hard enough to understand a school’s culture and make friends in a new school when you DO speak the language, but Max’s parents are unsympathetic. 

Ahmed has just arrived in Brussels as well, but he is a refugee from Syria. He would give anything to attend school, even if it was in another language, but the more urgent problems for him are finding a place to sleep and food to eat. It is especially tough for anyone who looks Muslim in Brussels because of the recent terror attack, so Ahmed thinks it is best to hide out an lay low for a while. The safe place he finds to hide is a basement room full of boxes… boxes being stored because the home is being rented out to a family from the U.S.

If you are interested in reading more stories about refugees and immigrants you might also enjoy: Refugee, by Alan Gratz, Salt to the Sea, Ruta Sepetys, or In The Sea There Are Crocodiles, by Fabio Geda.