This award-winning book is based on real events and gives a personal story to the many distressing pictures we see of refugees risking everything to reach Europe. It is about Samia, a girl from Somalia who grew up in the capital city Mogadishu with her poor but happy family. She is a talented sprinter and yearns to follow in the footsteps of her hero, Somali runner Mo Farah, and represent her country at the Olympics.
But war and political unrest in Somalia make it impossible for her to realise her dream and she decides to get to Europe by placing herself in the hands of human traffickers. The risks and costs are immense and Samia leaves her country and family knowing she will probably never see them again. Will her hope and courage be enough to ensure she reaches Europe in safety or are the odds just too high?
This is an exceptionally moving book which explores the terrible situations faced by refugees and the risks they are prepared to take to try and make a better life for themselves and their families. Highly recommended.
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