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The unwanted : stories of the Syrian refugees
2018
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Sibert Honor Medalist â^(tm) New York Public Library Best Of 2018 â^(tm) The Horn Book's Fanfare 2018 list â^(tm) Kirkus Best Books of 2018 â^(tm) YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Winner

In the tradition of two-time Sibert honor winner Don Brown's critically acclaimed, full-color nonfiction graphic novels The Great American Dust Bowl and Drowned City , The Unwanted is an important, timely, and eye-opening exploration of the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, exposing the harsh realities of living in, and trying to escape, a war zone.

Starting in 2011, refugees flood out of war-torn Syria in Exodus-like proportions. The surprising flood of victims overwhelms neighboring countries, and chaos follows. Resentment in host nations heightens as disruption and the cost of aid grows. By 2017, many want to turn their backs on the victims. The refugees are the unwanted.
Don Brown depicts moments of both heartbreaking horror and hope in the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis. Shining a light on the stories of the survivors, The Unwanted is a testament to the courage and resilience of the refugees and a call to action for all those who read.
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School Library Journal Review
Gr 8 Up-In the spring of 2011, a group of teenage boys are imprisoned and tortured for spray-painting "Down with the regime" on a Syrian wall. Thousands of citizens who rise up in protest are met by tanks and snipers. The demonstrations and violence escalate, and civil war breaks out in Syria. Unsure of their chances for survival but certain of the dangers at home, thousands of refugees flee to surrounding areas. Blocks of text provide context about Syria's civil war, as well as commentary on the international response, with supporting maps and charts seamlessly incorporated into the story. The loose linework reflects the chaos, and the full-color art depicts a muted sepia and blue gray palette, with touches of brighter hues for effect. Violence is freely but not gratuitously shown, and death is depicted only rarely. The back matter includes an extensive bibliography, with citations for the numerous quotes used in the dialogue, as well as a journal summary of Brown's 2017 trip to Syrian camps in Greece, complete with pictures and source notes. VERDICT This accessible and heartbreaking primer, with its stirring simplicity and a note of hope, should be required reading for all teens hoping to be empathetic and engaged world citizens.-Alea Perez, Westmont Public Library, IL © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
An unflinching look at the Syrian refugee crisis, the heartbreaking narrative of The Unwanted is told through a series of vignettes drawn from real refugee experiences. Brown's storytelling has no need for hyperbole; through the stories of the refugees themselves, we are led from the war-torn landscape of Syria to the arduous and sometimes futile pursuit of exile. We meet the young and the old, the asylum-seekers and those who deny them. Like his neutral narrative, based on real-life experiences and irrefutable statistics, Brown's illustrations are equally stark and evocative. Faces lined with anguish stand in sharp relief against barren landscapes and the impassive stares of guards and politicians. Brown manages to craft an impressive portrayal that is informative but not impersonal, allowing room for both facts and emotion, despair and hope. Brown sheds light on an ongoing humanitarian crisis with worldwide repercussions, but this is no elegy; rather, it's a call for action and acknowledgment the world over.--Ada Wolin Copyright 2018 Booklist
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