Marwan's Journey (Hardcover)
A 2018 Kirkus Best Book * A National Council of Social Studies * CBC Notable Trade Book * An Outstanding International Trade Book (USBBY) * A Bank Street Children’s Book Committee Best Book of the Year
One night they came... The darkness grew colder, deeper, darker, and swallowed up everything... Marwan is a young boy on a journey he never intended to take, bound for a place he doesn’t know. On his journey, he relies on courage and memories of his faraway homeland to buoy him. With him are hundreds and thousands of other human beings, crossing the deserts and the seas, fleeing war and hunger in search of safety. He must take one step after another—bringing whatever he can carry, holding on to dreams. This is the journey of one boy who longs for a home, and we follow his path, walking hand in hand with him as he looks forward with uncertainty and hopes for a peaceful future. This beautiful, heartfelt story gives a human face to the plight of refugees all over the world. Marwan’s journey is everyone’s journey.
About the Author
Patricia de Arias was born in Spain in 1973. She began her career as an actress before publishing a number of children’s books in Brazil, where she now lives. Her work has received international recognition, including Marwan’s Journey, which received a Special Mention at the Bologna Ragazzi Awards in Italy in 2017.
Laura Borràs is an internationally acclaimed illustrator who has published numerous books that have been awarded in many countries. She studied illustration in Spain and Italy, and her work has been recognized by the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
Selected for USBBY's annual Outstanding International Trade Books List —https://www.usbby.org/outstanding-international-books-list.html
Selected as one of Kirkus' Best Books for 2018 —Kirkus Reviews
Selected for the prestigious annual book list of notable titles for the social studies —Notable Social Studies Trade Books, https://www.cbcbooks.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NOTABLES2019_PreviewList1.pdf
Selected as one of the best of the best children's books from 2018 —Bank Street Children's Book Committee Best Books of the Year
"Beautifully illustrated in ink and watercolor… [Marwan’s] story is relatable to anyone on a journey to find a place to call home." —Bruna, https://www.nywomenimmigrants.org
A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book To Bring The World A Little Closer —https://www.kirkusreviews.com/lists/best-picture-books-of-2018-to-bring-the-world-a-li/
"With Patricia de Arias’ lyrical text and Laura Borràs’ striking ink and watercolor-wash illustration, this picture book is a child-friendly story of the world’s refugee crisis." —Carolyn Angus, https://www.literacyworldwide.org/blog/literacy-daily/2018/11/12/war-and-the-aftermath