I had to stop to breathe and think at various intervals while I read this book. It is truly hard-hitting, but real and compassionate.
Zana Fraillon compels the reader to live with Subhi, to feel his hope and fears, live his memories and understand the ways he copes behind the wire. When he meets Jimmie, we feel a fresh compulsion, fuelled by her vigour and imagination, and hope against hope that her aspirations, will make the difference between freedom and humiliation.
This is what the best writing for young adults looks like. It is an outstanding title that stays in the reader’s heart and head forever.