When his mum and sister are caught in a bomb attack in a Damascus shopping mall, 13-year-old Sami and his family make the difficult decision to leave behind their lives in Syria. For Sami, that means saying goodbye to the things he loves most: his friends, football, video games, and his home.
But things are about to get even worse as they begin their dangerous journey to seek asylum in the UK. Through encounters with people smugglers, a perilous boat journey across the Mediterranean, and finally their arrival at a detention centre in Manchester, Sami learns that the world can be harsh and unforgiving - but that hope can be found in unlikely places.
This award-winning novel challenges the prejudices about refugees and emphasises our common humanity. It is an inspirational story of family, bravery and survival.