We are currently reading Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird.
Welcome to Nowhere is a powerful and beautifully written story about the life of one family caught up in civil war by the award-winning author Elizabeth Laird. Twelve-year-old Omar and his brothers and sisters were born and raised in the beautiful and bustling city of Bosra, Syria. Omar doesn't care about politics - all he wants is to grow up to become a successful businessman who will take the world by storm. But when his clever older brother, Musa, gets mixed up with some young political activists, everything changes ...Before long, bombs are falling, people are dying, and Omar and his family have no choice but to flee their home with only what they can carry. Yet no matter how far they run, the shadow of war follows them - until they have no other choice than to attempt the dangerous journey to escape their homeland altogether. But where do you go when you can't go home?
We read the Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen.
Ade is a just a ordinary boy with an ordinary life. He loves living at top of a tower block and he loves his life, but one day a building falls randomly near his home, an incredibly stable building. Luckily no one is hurt, but the buildings keep falling with no reason whatsoever. One day Ade goes in to school and an announcement is made. Two children aren’t with them any more. The next day it’s a teacher...
Letter to the author
We have read ‘Boy in the Tower’ as a class and as we really enjoyed it, we wanted to let you know.
It was very mysterious and unpredictable. We loved how every chapter ended in a cliff hanger; it left us eager to read on and disappointed that we had wait until the next reading session.
We found the characters you created fascinating. Ade was resilient and, for a young boy, had many issues to deal with. We thought that he was very brave and resilient. Dory was kind and considerate; Obi was brave and selfless. They could have left the tower with the others but chose to stay and help Ade and his mum. The bluchers were beautiful yet deadly.
We enjoyed the theme of friendship that you wove throughout the story between not only Ade and Gaia but also the unlikely friendship between Ade, Dory and Obi.
When we read the part about Ade’s mum, we realised how lucky we are and how things might be happening right in front of us and we may have no idea about what other people are going through.
Many of us have bought ‘Where Monsters Lie’ and ‘Fly Me Home’ and can’t wait to read them.
Thank you for writing such an inspiring story.
Millie and Amelie, on behalf of Willow Class