No Safe Place

No Safe Place

by Deborah Ellis


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Orphaned and plagued with the grief of losing everyone he loves, 15-year-old Abdul has made a long, fraught journey from his war-torn home in Baghdad, only to end up in The Jungle — a squalid, makeshift migrant community in Calais, France. He takes a spot in a small, overloaded boat heading to England and full of other illegal migrants — and a secret stash of heroin. A sudden skirmish leaves the boat stalled in the middle of the Channel, the pilot dead, and four young people remaining — Abdul, Rosalia, a Romani girl who has escaped from the white slave trade, Cheslav, gone AWOL from a Russian military school, and Jonah, the boat pilot’s ten-year-old nephew. The story of their frantic and hazardous Channel crossing makes this a novel of high adventure and heart-stopping suspense.

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ISBN-13: 9780888999740
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Publication date: 09/13/2011
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 479,671
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: HL710L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 Years

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No Safe Place 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
JRlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Once again Deborah Ellis has written a disturbingly gritty story that resonated long after I finished the book. No Safe Place is about three teenagers, all from different situations, brought together when they attempt to leave their pasts behind by getting into a smuggler¿s boat headed for England, where they believe they can begin a new life. The details of their heartbreaking backgrounds are told through flashback chapters, and each of their stories is shockingly believable. If you have the strength to read about Abdul, who saw his mother shot, and his best friend beaten to death, Rosalia, who barely manages to escape a life of prostitution, and Cheslav, abandoned by his mother to a military schools in Siberia, you will find the survival spirit of these teens; their will to start again, incredible. This is NOT a book for the faint of heart. In true Ellis style, it is gripping, brutal, and ugly in its honest portrayal of the obstacles and hatred these migrants face trying to restart their lives. I dare you to read this, and try not to feel disgusted by the tourists greeting Abdul on Penny Lane. Highly recommended but only to those who can handle it. You know who you are. If you enjoyed, The Breadwinner, book one in a trilogy also by Ellis, you¿ll love this.
EKAnderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I¿ve talked on this blog about how books can make us feel like global citizens. I love that about books, and I love books that, despite stark, real, and sometimes sad depictions of real life in other parts of the world, let me live in other peoples¿ shoes for a while.I picked up NO SAFE PLACE by Deborah Ellis last week and absolutely couldn¿t put it down.It¿s the story of Abdul, a Kurdish refugee from Iraq. At fifteen years old he has already lost most of his loved ones to war and terror, and has fled to a small refugee camp in France. His journey has only just begun, however. France is no safehaven, despite the efforts of local volunteers. There are riots among the refugees, who fight over things like food and shelter, both of which are in short supply. The local police force aren¿t exactly welcoming, and Abdul lives in fear of deportation. But he has enough money to get to England, if he can only find a way.When he boards a smuggler¿s ship with four other teens, he is pretty sure things might finally be looking up. The smuggler is downright vile, but he hopes that within a night they¿ll be across the Channel and he¿ll be history. But things don¿t go as planned ¿ there¿s a storm, the tiny ship is set off-course, and there¿s a fight for everyone¿s lives as the smuggler becomes violent and one of the kids falls sick. Abdul knows he has to find a way to England, though, and the choices he makes have not been ¿ and will not be ¿ easy or even pleasant. Slowly, he is able to crack the shells of two of the other teens on board: a Romani girl and a Russian boy, who both have pasts filled with abuse, neglect, and poverty. And the young nephew of the smuggler, an English citizen but as equally outcast as his foreign companions, might manage to keep the group from completely falling apart.Told partially in flashbacks, this story humanizes the people that we often think of as ¿other¿ ¿ the kids and teens who have been nearly lost to political struggles throughout the world. The kids who are dealing with things that ¿don¿t happen to us.¿ Abdul¿s voice is strong but real ¿ a great tool not only for telling a story, but for showing us that even in times of struggle kids play guitar, fall in love, make friends. I loved the subtleties of Abdul¿s story, and his strength and determination are something we can all take to heart. I hope you¿ll go looking for a copy of NO SAFE PLACE soon. Anyone interested in books on world politics and ¿real life¿ teen stories is sure to enjoy it.
MiguelPerez97 More than 1 year ago
I'm a reader who loves adventurous books and this book was very good in adventure. It builds up in suspense and makes you want to read more. I recommend this book to anyone who likes adventurous books.