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Orca Immigration and Refugees through May 2023

Seeking Refuge
By (author): Irene N. Watts Illustrated by: Kathryn E. Shoemaker
Irene N. Watts ,

Illustrated by :

Kathryn E. Shoemaker


Tradewind Books - Vancouver



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


Juvenile: Age (years) 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) 4 - 7, Grade (US) 4 - 7, Reading age 9 - 12
Mar 01, 2017
$18.95 CAD


10in x 7 x 1 in | 420 gr

Page Count:

128 pages


Line drawings, black and white , 1 Glossary
Tradewind Books
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emigration & Immigration
The Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature 2017, Winner The Western Canada Jewish Book Award 2018, Winner The Chocolate Lily Award 2018, Short-listed
  • Short Description
A girl escapes to the UK from Nazi-occupied Austria.
A story of a girl escaping Nazi-occupied Austria alone and trying to settle in England without her family.

In this follow-up to the successful Goodbye Marianne, Irene Watts explores what it is like for a young refugee girl to flee Nazi-occupied Austria alone. The poignant story is relatable to the terrible situation facing refugees in Europe and around the world today.

Irene N. Watts was born in Berlin and moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, many years ago. She is the author of numerous books and plays for children and young people, among them Goodbye Marianne and No Pets Allowed, published by Tradewind.

Kathryn E. Shoemaker is the illustrator of many books for children, among them A Telling Time, My Animal Friends and Floyd the Flamingo and his flock of friends for Tradewind Books. She teaches children’s illustration at Langara College in Vancouver, British Columbia.

"Black-and-white pencil sketches reflect a mood of loneliness and the bleakness of the time period...The glossary...does a great job of explaining terms at an age-appropriate level without shying away from harsh truths." - School Library Journal

"Both Watts and Shoemaker have created a story that really manages to convey the fear, the tension, the unease of a refugee arriving in a country where she is not really welcomed by everyone, and even looked down on by some...Hopefully, this is a book that will get young readers thinking." - The Children's War Blog

"This beautifully rendered graphic novel...would make a gentle, highly visual addition to Holocaust curriculum, or it could be an excellent tool for introducing xenophobia and refugee crisis to upper-elementary and middle-grade readers." - Booklist

★ "Author and illustrator show their collaborative finesse in a wonderfully rendered marriage between text and art...A book that invites close reading, this will spark interest in the plight of all refugees." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Though Holocaust stories are by definition horrifying, this one offers some hope." - Publishers Weekly

"Based on the author's novel Remember Me, this graphic novel captures the melancholy nature of the story—the isolation from, and longing for, the familiar comforts of home and family—through Shoemaker's limited-palette, charcoal-hued illustrations." - The Horn Book

"Seeking Refuge contains much about hope and the resilience of the spirit in times of adversity. While the book is recommended for ages nine and older, adults, too, will find it engrossing." - Jewish Chronicle, London

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