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Close to the Wind

By Jon Walter   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545816625 Hardcover
304 Pages | 5.88" x 7.83" | Ages 10 to 14

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545822985 Ebook
304 Pages | Ages 10 to 14

An utterly heart-shattering debut about greed, love, trust, and what matters most when your world falls apart.

A war-torn country . . . only one way out.

Ten-year-old Malik's world is falling apart. Soldiers have invaded town, and his mother is missing, leaving Malik with his grandfather, Papa. Along with a thousand other refugees, their hope for escape to a new life lies in gaining passage aboard one ship - but the demand for tickets is high, and so is the cost. Can they make it on? And will they find Mama before the ship departs? When things don't go as planned, Malik must summon all of his courage and resourcefulness to survive.

A heart-wrenching and suspenseful story of sacrifice and resilience, Close to the Wind confronts the realities of war in a timeless and accessible way.

Raves & reviews:

Praise for Close to the Wind:

" I can't recommend this highly enough . . . Walter has created something very special with Close to the Wind. While I look forward to reading what he writes next, I'm also happy to ponder the lives of Malik, Papa and the others because they are now so very real to me." -The Guardian

"A beautiful read." -The Sun

" Original and cleverly plotted tale of betrayal, sacrifice and ingenuity illuminates the refugee experience in any place or time" -The Sunday Times (Children's Book of the Week)