Jane Mitchell

Award-winning writer of books for young people

A Dangerous Crossing

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A Dangerous Crossing will be published in North America in spring 2018, with the title 'Without Refuge.'

Ghalib Shenu is a 13-year old boy of Kurdish origin who lives in Syria. He doesn’t want to leave his home, but Kobani has become too dangerous. His family has no choice but to leave everything behind and try for a new life elsewhere.

Together, they start out on a terrible journey that leads them through dark and dangerous places. Ghalib comes under fire, is caught in a tear-gas attack, experiences the wretched and hopeless life of a refugee camp, and he still has to face the perils of a voyage in a boat that is far from seaworthy.

Based on the experiences of real Syrian families, this is the story of bravery and solidarity in the face of despair.

Endorsed by Amnesty International (Ireland) as contributing to a better understanding of human rights and the values that underpin them.

'Deserving of a place on every school reading list.’

(Booktrust.org.uk, May 2017)

'I now understand the Syrian refugee crisis like never before. I walked in young Ghalib’s fresh white runners from the refugee camp, I was thrown back by the bomb blast that hit his town, I wept his tears, felt his frustration and anger. There’s nothing like a great novel to make the world come alive. An important book, a necessary book, but above all, a brilliantly told story.'

(Sarah Webb, author and children’s books commentator, February 2017)

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Irish Book Awards 2017

My latest book A Dangerous Crossing has been shortlisted for the Best Children's Book of the Year - Senior Category - in the Irish Book Awards!

You can cast your vote for A Dangerous Crossing to win at the Irish Book Awards website up to midday on 23rd November 2017.

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Publication Details

February 2017, Little Island Books, Dublin, Ireland.

ISBN: 978 1 9104 1158 2