Without Refuge

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 7   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Thirteen-year-old Ghalib wishes his life could go back to normal. He wishes he could still hang out at the market with his friends, root for his favorite soccer team, even go to school. But civil war has destroyed his home.

As violence rages around them, his family makes the difficult choice to flee Syria. Together they start out on a dangerous journey toward Europe. Along the way, they encounter closely guarded borders, hardscrabble refugee camps, and an ocean crossing that they may not survive.

The gripping story of one boy’s journey to find refuge pays tribute to struggles millions of Syrians face in today’s real-world crisis.

Format Your Price
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Fiction
Category Diverse Books: Immigration & Refugees, Diverse Books: Physical Disability & Illness, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2018
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 288
Publication Date 2018-04-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV030110, JUV039180, JUV039070
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 610
Guided Reading Level Z
ATOS Reading Level 4.1
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 505400
Accelerated Reader® Points 7.0
Features Afterword, Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, and Reviewed


  • Children’s Book Committee at the Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature Best Children’s Books of the Year, Winner, 2019



“Mitchell takes on a sensitive topic with empathy and compassion. . . . A great introduction into learning about a highly relevant humanitarian refugee crisis.”—Booklist

Author: Jane Mitchell

Jane Mitchell is an award-winning author of books for children and young people. Her novel Chalkline was endorsed by Amnesty International Ireland for contributing to a better understanding of human rights. She lives in Ireland.