Book Review: Stormy Seas

Stormy Seas

Stories of Young Boat Refugees
by Mary Beth Leatherdale

Annick Press Ltd.

Annick Press
Children’s Nonfiction

Pub Date 11 Apr 2017 

I am voluntarily reviewing Stormy Seas through the publisher and Netgalley:

We are reminded that for centuries, Refugees have been fleeing countries for centuries, to avoid religious persecution, or to get away from the dangers of war.

In 1939 18 year old Ruth leave on a ship to Havana Cuba, to flee from the Nazi’s Hitler is in power and the danger of staying in Nazi occupied Germany is to great.  Unfortunately the St. Lois is rejected at the Havana harbor and is forced to go back to Germany, some kill themselves or risk swimming the waters rather than face life in a Concencration Camp.

In 1979 Phu is fourteen years old, when his Mother pays a smuggler to put him on a boat to America.  Phu spent eight months in the Pulau Bidong Refuge Camp, before he was flown to San Francisco to live with a cousin, two years later his Mother and siblings come to the U.S.

In 1980 Jose leaves Cuba, his parents opposed Fidel Castro, and communism.  Jose’s family moved to New York where his Grandmother lived then to New Jersey, he studied hard, learned English and is now an associate professor at Florida Southern College.

In the Year 2000 11 year old Nayeeba leaves Afghanistan to escape the Taliban.  Nayeeba never heard of Australia or the Pacific Ocean because as a girl she was not allowed to go to school under Taliban rule.  But in Australia they find themselves in a detention center, after six weeks in the detention center her family was sent to Tasmania, and then to Sydney after three years they were granted citizenship to Australia.

In 2006 Mohamed is 13 years old leaves Maple, Ivory Coast and in 2007 works in Guinea, Mali and Algeria to pay human traffickers to get him to Europe.

In 2008 he arrives in Libya where he is arrested and imprisoned for five months, in 2009 he crosses the Sea to Malta and is imprisoned in a Migrant camp.  In 2010 he finally arrives in Italy.

I give Stormy Seas five out of five stars.

Happy Reading.


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