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Escape from Aleppo Hardcover – January 2, 2018
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Senzai (Ticket to India, 2015, etc.) tells the story of 14-year-old Nadia's narrow escape from the ancient city of Aleppo in war-torn Syria as she desperately seeks her family, who accidentally left her behind.Two years into Syria's civil war, the many armed rebel groups and the government forces are descending on Aleppo. Traumatized since her bomb injury, Nadia is pulled from under her bed as her family prepares to leave their home for a safer place. Although a relative has been assigned to monitor her, another bomb falls as they are exiting, and in the confusion, Nadia is left behind. Now she must recover from the shock and rely on her instincts, a seemingly kind old man she meets, and, ultimately, her own intelligence to make it out of Aleppo alive and find her family at the Turkish border. . . . [A] valuable introduction to the issues plaguing modern Syria and the costs of war in historically rich locales. (Kirkus Reviews)
Filled with kindness and hope, but also with the harsh realities of the horrors of war, this heartbreaking book is a necessary reminder of what many people live through every day. (Booklist, STARRED REVIEW)
The representation of a young protagonist from Syria makes this a solid purchase for middle grade collections. (School Library Journal)
Senzai (Ticket to India) crafts a harrowing novel about a 14-year-old girl’s flight from war-torn Syria in 2013 that captures the reality of the conflict while illuminating the culture and history of the country. . . . [T]he novel’s taut pacing and memorable heroine result in a gripping and intense story of the traumas inflicted on Syria’s citizens. (Publishers Weekly)
About the Author
N.H. Senzai is the author of Shooting Kabul, which was critically acclaimed and on numerous award lists. Publishers Weekly called it “hard hitting, emotionally wrenching.” Her second book, Saving Kabul Corner, was nominated for an Edgar Award. She is also the author of Ticket to India and Escape from Aleppo. Ms. Senzai lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family. Visit her online at NHSenzai.com.
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War is terrifying. When you are 15 and suddenly separated from your family in the middle of a desperate flight with family members slated for imprisonment, civil war becomes a terrifying reality.
Nadia, raised in an upper middle class family with all the modern conveniences Americans enjoy, is left in war torn Aleppo on her own after a bombing raid. Her family is making their way to safety in Turkey. ESCAPE FROM ALEPPO makes war real while presenting the political realities of an international crisis. The book does not sugar coat the situations Nadia encounters in her flight from the city. The situation is realistic. The characters are complex. The politics are presented from a Syrian’s point of view. The writing and plotting is intense. The devastation in once beautiful and vibrant Aleppo is made clear.
The novel is aimed at Middle Schoolers but might be too intense for this younger group. High schoolers will identify with Nadia, a “modern” teen. This would be a good book for discussion, especially of politics and the repercussions of decisions made by foreign leaders.
5 of 5 stars
I loved the 4main characters; they show me what refugees in Syria are up against. Great premise too: could a family ever stay when one they love is assumed dead and they are fleeing?
There is a lot of the history and politics of the war, and while I liked it (as an adult), I wonder if my 6th graders will be lost...
Senzai captures the beauty and richness of Syria's history in a gentleman Nadia meets along the way. Senzai also does a wonderful job of explaining how and why the war rages on. It is while Nadia is leaving her country that she realizes what all Syrians are losing. Senzai balances the heartbreak of a broken country with the hope of reuniting with family.
A tough but necessary read. I'm left wanting to know more about Syria's history, and rooting for all who've lost anything in the war that continues to dessimate the country.
Escape from Aleppo was a book that opened my eyes to the horrors of war. It showed me what it truly means to be caught in the crossfire. This book, however, also showed me heart. I saw raw human emotion unlike any I’ve ever seen before in a realistic fiction novel. Nadia was brave, but not because she didn’t show emotion or pain and just rose up from the trial without difficulty. She was brave because she was real. I could connect one hundred percent to Nadia. She was afraid, and that’s what made her human. She didn’t want to leave her home, and that’s what made her brave. She left because she knew it was the only way. Being brave is being ready to face and endure danger or pain and to show courage. When she realized her family was gone, she did not give up. She was scared and confused, but she didn’t stop. She faced the danger and endured the pain of being on her own. She showed true courage, and that’s what made me love this book.
Escape from Aleppo was a book that showed me what it means to face adversity, horror, and pain but still rise up and survive. Senzai wove this book together in a beautiful dance of words and feelings. Escape from Aleppo is a book that everyone, young or old, should read again and again.
Reviewed by a LitPick student book reviewer Age 14
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At times a little heavy-handed in its messaging and exposition, this was a gutting book that takes you through a true tragedy through a child's eyes.Read more