[BOOKS] ⚡ Welcome to Nowhere ✯ Elizabeth Laird – Marjoriejane.co.uk



10 thoughts on “Welcome to Nowhere

  1. says:

    I ve read several of Laird s books in the past and enjoyed them, especially her early books, but her last few have been disappointing in both quality and content, having lost any of the sensitivity, depth of character, and evident good research that made her early books enjoyable This is another book I ll put in the disappointing pile It feels like just another one of those bandwagon books milking money out of other people s suffering but not really doing much to raise awareness of the situations, do justice to those people it s representing, or even tell a good story, despite the notes at the end of the book about Laird s experiences working with refugees The Acknowledgements and Notes at the end had real emotion and depth in them than the actual story, and it s a shame really, that Laird has actually done so much research and spent time with refugees in Jordan, yet seems unable to construct a story.This entire book reads like the first draft of an overly long plot summary rather than a novel Everyt...


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    This was a book that really tugged at my heartstrings Being an Arab myself, with so many family members who struggled and went through the Syrian war some who are still going through it and still living it there , and being of Palestinian origin, one whose family fled the country back in 1948 makes me a third generation refugee myself Taking this journey with Omar and his family and really living these events with him, experiencing life as it was before the war and contrasting it with life during the war really puts things into perspective I wasn t sure Elizabeth Laird would pull it off, but she did Reading the descriptions of Syria before the war, the streets, the people, the markets, their livesit made me so nostalgic, but also devastated at the immense loss It all becomes a hundred times magnified when it is portrayed through the eyes of a 12 year old boy A young boy, who along with his siblings, had future plans and wanted to do so much, but got to do nothing instead With a difficult and backwards thinking father, his sister was struggling to continue her education so she can become a teacher, but the war put a stop to that and all her dreams came crashing down as her parents only resolution was to get her married in order to secure a different future for her Her mot...


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    Omar is 12 and he is proud of his town called Bosra in the country of Syria Omar doesn t enjoy school like his older sister Eman and brother Musa But life is good and he dreams of the day of being a businessman like his cousin and uncle.Musa has cerebral palsy and is incredibly smart Omar has spent his life sticking up for his brother against taunts and trouble, but when Musa becomes involved with activists against the Syrian government that their father works for , Omar is even worried for him And suddenly they have to flee Ma, Baba father , Eman, Musa, Omar, Fuad 5 , and baby sister Nadia After living out of Bosra on a family farm, they have to flee again They have received word the government is after Baba Again they flee this time, across the border with thousands of other to a refugee camp.Although there are no guns in the camp, there is also no hope of returning home, nothing to do, severe cold, mud and slime in the winter, and queues, no privacy and camp gangs to contend with But Omar is resourceful and strong and he makes the best of a terrible situation Little does he know that wee Nadia is their way out, but only after they nearly lose her.We...


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    A gritty tale of escape as Omar and his family make their way out of Syria, which has just descended into civil war I really wish I d read this book with my class They were genuinely interested in the wider world but often said they were unsure how people became refugees This book maps it out perfectly much like an illness, displacement can happen to anybody It is indiscriminate the trouble Omar and his family go through show this perfectly A thoughtful story that would be ...


  5. says:

    Actually I bought this book for my daughter, but read it before she did I thought the writing was good, and she will enjoy the book I remember reading Elizabeth Laird s Red Sky in the Morning when I was a child I hope my daughte...


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    2018 CARNEGIE LONGLIST BOOK 14 201.5 I m really not very impressed with this, but that may be just me, as I have never really enjoyed Elizbeth Laird s books I find them very flat and boring, and this one didn t feel any different from any of her other works I think it is her writing style that I don t like, because I do appreciate the importance of the stories she tells, and I just think the execution of them is the thing that lets me down So this book follows the story of Omar, who lives in Syria When war breaks out, he and his family are forced to flee their home town This could have been relatively interesting and enjoyable to read, if it wasn t for the fact that we have ended up with such an insufferable narrator Honestly, Omar is selfish and rude and shallow and ungrateful and so boring to read about I hated the way he treated his brother Musa, who has cerebal palsey He was unnecessarily unkind and had no respect I don t think the author meant it to read that way, but for me it did Also, at the end of the book I was ...


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    Although technically a children s young adult book, this is a novel that can equally be read and enjoyed by adults It s the story of 12 year old Omar and his family who are caught up in the deadly Syrian civil war Forced to flee their home and become refugees, the depiction of their plight is moving, powerful and insightful Their tale is emblematic of all the refugee stories and brings the conflict to life in a way that I found authentic and convincing The author has worked in refugee camps and met many refugees and her first hand knowledge informs her writing to great effect She manages to explain the origins of the conflict such that I felt I understood a little of what has now become a seemingly intractable tragedy Her description of the heartache and desperation of all those forced to flee their homes has given me a deeper understanding of why so many try to get to Europe, especially the young men who seem to have no other o...


  8. says:

    I nearly bought this book on my way to France, but didn t, I did buy it on the way back to England however and I m glad I did This book is a real eye opener to a harsh reality and even though some of the characters due to their attitude and cruel words towards women and Musa made me angry at times, I found other characters such as Omar, very likeable I m not good at this reviewing thing and struggle to know what to say, but I do know that all in all I really e...


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    pages 329Dec 28, 2018This book is about a Twelve Year Old boy named Omar that lives in a city in Syria named Bosra Omar doesn t care about politics all he wants is to grow up to become a successful businessman, but suddenly his older brother Musa became mixed up with activists Later in the book bombs started fal...


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    Most of the time I don t rate books on Goodreads, but I thought this book was so incredible that I should It was a very touching story of a family of 6 stuck in the middle of the Syrian Civil war, who are forced to flee their home, along with so many oth...


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Welcome to Nowhere download Welcome to Nowhere , read online Welcome to Nowhere , kindle ebook Welcome to Nowhere , Welcome to Nowhere 8f7af09be2dd Twelve Year Old Omar And His Brothers And Sister Were Born And Raised In The Beautiful And Bustling City Of Bosra, Syria Omar Doesn T Care About Politics All Her Wants Is To Grow Up To Become A Successful Businessman Who Will Take The World By Storm But When His Clever Older Brother, Musa, Gets Mixed Up With Some Young Political Activists, Everything Changes Before Long, Bombs Are Falling, People Are Dying, And Omar And His Family Have No Choice But To Flee Their Home With Only What They Can Carry But No Matter How Far They Run, The Shadow Of War Follows Them Until They Have No Choice But To Attempt The Dangerous Journey To Escape Their Homeland Altogether But Where Do You Go, When You Can T Go Home PRAISE FOR WELCOME TO NOWHERE Humane And Empathetic Not Only Eye Opening, Important And Topica, But A Vivid, Emotionally Involving, Nail Biting Read Effective Call To Action Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times Children S Book Of The Week A Muscular, Moving, Thought Provoking Book From An Award Winning Writer Guardian Not Only Does It Explain How The War In Syria Began In As Clear A Way As I Have Ever Heard But Elizabeth Laird Makes Her Characters Lovable, Loathable And Believable They Are Children Of War But Not Defined By It Fascinating And Sing S With Truth Alex O Connell, The Times Children S Book Of The Week This Powerful, Dramatic Story, Poignantly Illustrates How War Afffects Ordinary People Bookseller