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Boy, Everywhere : A Boy, Everywhere Story - A. M. Dassu

Boy, Everywhere

By: A. M. Dassu, Zainab 'Daby' Faidhi (Illustrator)

Paperback | 22 January 2020

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Sami and his family are forced to flee their comfortable life in Damascus, via a smuggler's den in Turkey, to an uncertain life beyond. A story of survival, of family, of bravery ... and of how thin the line is between "them" and "us".

Boy, Everywhere chronicles the harrowing journey taken by Sami and his family. From privilege to poverty, across countries and continents, from a comfortable life in Damascus, via a smuggler's den in Turkey, to a prison in Manchester. Once safe in the U.K., Sami is bullied and decides he'd do just about anything to return to Damascus - including, possibly, becoming a stowaway. His is a story of survival, of family, of bravery... and of how thin the line is between "them" and "us". How far would you go to find your way back home?

About the Author

A.M. Dassu is a writer and magistrate. She is the Deputy Editor of SCBWI-BI's Words and Pictures magazine and a Director of Inclusive Minds. In 2017 she won the international We Need Diverse Books YA mentorship award. Her work has been published by The Huffington Post, TES, SCOOP, Lee & Low and DK Books. 'Boy, Everywhere' is her debut novel and she has used her publishing advances to assist Syrian refugees in her city and set up a grant to support an unpublished refugee or immigrant writer.
Industry Reviews
"[A] story that everyone should read, written with empathy, tenderness and hope."
Patrice Lawrence

"Sami's story is gripping, heart-breaking and realistic, told with devastating clarity and compassion. This perspective is urgently needed, showing the richness of the lives left behind in Syria as the war forces a terrible journey to safety."
Liz Flanagan

"I was hooked on Sami's story and my heart was in my throat from the very beginning of the book. A.M. Dassu's writing is gripping and emotive and she manages a perfect balance of tragedy, adversity and hope."
Swapna Haddow

"It's amazing. It's like she was amongst us. It's like she's been living here. She knows how people think and react..."
Mohammad Ghabash

"Thank you for writing this... 'Boy, Everywhere' challenges stereotypes and shows the reality of Syrians before the war. I loved the characters, they were very realistic and so convincing, the friendships so real. Such a good story - a brilliant novel."
Nadine Kaadan

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