Stormy Seas


Canadian children’s writer and publisher Mary Beth Leatherdale collated the stories of five boat refugees from five different places, times, and crises.  The story of boat refugees has punctuated a sad global history since the Huguenots fled France for England in the 17th century.

Stormy Seas‘ shares 20th and 21st century stories of five children and teenagers. They have sought to escape:- Nazi persecution in Europe; war in Vietnam; Castro’s political suspicion in Cuba; the Taliban in Afghanistan and civil war in the Ivory Coast followed by the breakdown of Libya.

These are sobering, ruthlessly examined and clearly told stories of five real people. Their stories, and the stories behind history, and/or today’s headlines, deserve to be known and respected. They are more than statistics. Bookwagon urges readers toward this brilliantly researched and thoughtfully illustrated title.


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Stormy Seas

Stories of Young Boat Refugees

Mary Beth Leatherdale and Eleanor Shakespeare

(Annick Press)

To help make sense of international news reports of the refugee crisis, author and publisher Mary Beth Leatherdale researched and interviewed five separate immigrants. Each was a ‘boat person’. Each had a different story to tell from a different time and from different places. ‘Stormy Seas‘ tells their stories.


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