Ahmed fled his home in Syria, but lost his father on the journey. Now he is stuck in Brussels, Belgium, struggling to make his way on his own. He has nowhere to stay and no one to help him. Max is an American boy living in Belgium for his father’s work assignment. He is attending public school, trying to learn French and feeling miserable. When Ahmed and Max meet, they develop an unlikely friendship that gives them both a reason to move forward. Together, they find hope in a world that initially seems against them.
This is a wonderful and uplifting read for a variety of ages. It gives insight into the refugee situation without being heavy handed. Max and Ahmed are great characters and their story is fast-paced and engaging. A story of hope that is very relevant for our time.
Recommended ages–10-15 and up