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Pages: 24
Themes: refugees, war, natural disaster, United Nations
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 04/Apr/2017
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March 7, 2017, Toronto—This powerful and timely photo-based picture book for young readers tells the story of the hundreds of thousands of children around the world who have been forced to flee their homes due to war and terror—young refugees on the move with very little left except questions.

Written by Rosemary McCarney, Canada's Ambassador to the United Nations, Where Will I Live? will help children whose lives are not directly affected by this crisis think about the importance of home, and what life is like for a child refugee who does not have a permanent, safe home to shelter them and their family. The final message the book imparts is that children, even with uncertain futures, are amazingly resilient. They can find fun and friendship in even the most difficult of conditions, and can face uncertainty with optimism.

The beautiful photographs in this book were taken by the UNHCR—the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees—and include images of children on the move and in refugee camps in countries such as Lebanon, Rwanda, Iraq, Niger, Hungary, Jordan, South Sudan, and Greece.

Praise for Where Will I Live?
"A poignant photojournalistic look at the issues confronting refugee children and their families... The true power of the book lies in its ability to spark classroom conversations, highlighting the need for cultural awareness and compassion." - School Library Journal

School Library Journal
"A poignant photojournalistic look at the issues confronting refugee children and their families...The true power of the book lies in the ability to spark classroom conversations, highlighting the need for cultural awareness and compassion. Consider to prompt elementary school discussions on empathy for refugees."
Kirkus Reviews
A glimpse into the lives of child refugees as well as the resilience and endurance they exhibit in many forms.
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
Important and timely, Where Will I Live? focuses on the plight of displaced children from around the world... Books like Where Will I Live? that can prompt discussions at home with our children of the many varied countries, cultures, and peoples will hopefully lead to better and more empathetic relationships as well as a desire to help make these families feel comfortable and welcome in their new home. Highly recommended.
Booklist
... the ultimate message, “I hope someone smiles and says ‘Welcome home.’ I hope that someone is you,” should encourage little ones to view these children with compassion, and that is valuable.
Children's Books Heal
Where Will I Live will help children appreciate the stability they have in their own lives and raise their cultural awareness of the plight of children worldwide. It addresses tough issues and belongs in every school library.
CanLit for Little Canadians
From beginning to end, Rosemary McCarney offers a message about the resiliency of children to endure their struggles and make temporary abodes wherever and whenever necessary until they can find a forever home, thus making Where Will I Live? a telling story that goes beyond loss and into the realm of hope.
National Reading Campaign
Moving, heart-wrenching, and timely, Where Will I Live? will spark much thought and conversation.
Catholic Library World
Ending with the encouraging message that refugees are always looking for a smiling face and hoping to hear the words, “Welcome home!,” this book is a plea for charity and kindness for displaced people everywhere.
Resource Links
This is a very moving book which could be used at any level to promote compassion and action on behalf of the many refugee children who are displaced and wandering the globe.

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Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens - Fall 2017  | 2017 | Commended
Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Awards, The Shining Willow Award  | 2018 | Short-listed

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