Jane Mitchell

Award-winning writer of books for young people

Without Refuge


What's the story?

Thirteen-year-old Ghalib wishes his life could go back to normal. He wishes he could still hang out at the market with his friends, root for his favorite soccer team, even go to school. But civil war has destroyed his home. As violence rages around them, his family makes the difficult choice to flee Syria.

Together they start out on a dangerous journey toward Europe. Along the way, they encounter closely guarded borders, hardscrabble refugee camps, and an ocean crossing that they may not survive.

The gripping story of one boy's journey to find refuge pays tribute to struggles millions of Syrians face in today's real-world crisis.

More info

A Dangerous Crossing
'Mitchell takes on a sensitive topic with empathy and compassion, helping readers understand the hardships that refugees face and exploring the diversity of Syria through religion, language, and ethnicity. A great introduction into learning about a highly relevant humanitarian refugee crisis.'
1 February 2018)

Suitable for Middle Grade (Grades 4-7), Without Refuge is published by Carolrhoda Books, an imprint of Lerner Books.

Carolrhoda Books is a constantly evolving and fiercely passionate independent publisher of stories that celebrate the meaning and importance of childhood. It has been publishing award-winning, high-quality books since 1969.

Without Refuge was published by Little Island Books in Ireland in February 2017, with the title A Dangerous Crossing.

Next Book

Teaching Resources

Download my Teaching guide for Without Refuge

Pre-order the Book

Order Without Refuge directly from Lerner Books.

Publication Details

1 April 2018, Lerner Books, Minnesota, USA

ISBN: 978 1 5415 0050 1