Azzi in Between is a phenomenal graphic novel that explains the plight of refugees in a way that all children can understand. “There was a country at war, and that is where this story begins…” There is no mention of the country at war. There doesn’t need to be. Unfortunately, war is a fact of life in the world. This is a realistic story about a family who escapes a war-torn country and finds a host country. The main character, a little girl named Azzi, explains the hardships of her family’s escape and life in a new country.
The pictures are rich with detail, adding the anxieties and hopes that all refugees have in common. Amnesty International endorsed this book.
I created a “Guided Reading” packet to use with students in grades 3-6.