Apple Cake and Baklava by Kathrin Rohmann, translated by Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp

Leila has fled with her family from Syria, via Italy, to live in rural Germany, where she is about to start at another new school. Although she now speaks German fluently and has settled well into her new life...

Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini, illustrated by Dan Williams

All wars generate their own body of literature – sometimes elegiac or reflective, sometimes jingoistic or triumphal – but always containing, in the lines on the page, a depth of human misery that those of us...

I, Pierre Seel, Deported Homosexual: A memoir of Nazi terror by Pierre Seel

If you’ve lived through and witnessed some of the worst things one human being can inflict on another, how is it possible to revisit that time, to analyse or even just describe the depth of horror that you...

Sami’s Silver Lining by Cathy Cassidy

  Cathy Cassidy has written many best- selling books and is currently one of the most widely read children’s authors. I am a big fan of the ‘Chocolate Box Girls’ series of books because they would have...

Tomorrow by Nadine Kaadan

It’s a sobering fact that we have become so accustomed to seeing and hearing about war and conflict that we no longer react with the disgust and outrage that the brutality, devastation and dehumanisation...

Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini, illustrated by Dan Williams

All wars generate their own body of literature – sometimes elegiac or reflective, sometimes jingoistic or triumphal – but always containing, in the lines on the page, a depth of human misery that those of us lucky enough to live their lives in peace...

Sami’s Silver Lining by Cathy Cassidy

  Cathy Cassidy has written many best- selling books and is currently one of the most widely read children’s authors. I am a big fan of the ‘Chocolate Box Girls’ series of books because they would have been exactly the kind of book that I would...

Tomorrow by Nadine Kaadan

It’s a sobering fact that we have become so accustomed to seeing and hearing about war and conflict that we no longer react with the disgust and outrage that the brutality, devastation and dehumanisation merits. In Syria, armed conflict, death...

The Survival Game by Nicky Singer

It is important to read YA fiction about painful and difficult lives as a way to understand and empathise. That’s all well and good but I seem to read an awful lot of novels with distressing subject matter and this looked like it might be another...