Azari and her mother have fled their own hot, bright country, and are now living in a bleak Direct Provision Centre in damp, grey, confusing Ireland. They miss home desperately, yet any return would only mean their death. The one bright spot for Azari is the time she spends running with her new Irish friend.
Jane Mitchell works in disability provision in Ireland. She has written several books for children, including A Dangerous Crossing, which told the story of Syrian refugees. She has won awards in Ireland and the UK, including the Bisto Book of the Year, Children’s Books Ireland Merit Award, Reading Association of Ireland Merit Award and Children’s Choice award. Her books have been listed on the school curriculum in Ireland and Brazil.
“It’s been an honour and a privilege to have been given this opportunity by Little Island to tell Azari’s tale in Run For Your Life,” she said. “Her story is based on the interrupted lives of thousands of people in Direct Provision in Ireland — many of whom are traumatised by war, displacement, and persecution. They wait for months, sometimes years, for a decision about their futures, trying to live a life with dignity in the most undignified of circumstances. I hope I have done them justice.”
Great for Ages 9-12.