A schoolboy has to flee his home when soldiers come to recruit children to join their army, and makes a perilous journey to try and find safety in England.
Shif is just an ordinary schoolboy who loves chess, maths and playing with his best friend. But one day, soldiers with guns come to his door - and he knows that he is no longer safe.
Shif is forced to leave his mother and little sister, and embark on a dangerous journey; a journey through imprisonment and escape, new lands and strange voices, and a perilous crossing by land and sea. He will encounter cruelty and kindness; he will become separated from the people he loves.
Told in the powerful first person, this startling debut novel will encourage understanding and empathy in young readers, and allow the news headlines of the day to resonate with the humanity involved in creating them.
NOTE: Waterstones Children's Book Prize Shortlist 2019
NOTE: UKLA Book Awards Longlist 2019