Jane Mitchell Run For Your Life


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Azari's life has been split in two, and the halves are as different as lemons and mangoes. Running links the two parts of her life: sometimes when she runs it is because she wants to, because she feels strong and free. But sometimes it is because she has no other choice.

And when Azari and her mother flee for their lives, to Ireland, they are put in a Direct Provision Centre. They must share a room with a stranger, eat food they don't know the name of, and answer intrusive questions from authorities. Azari's life has secrets, and she must tell them so she can stop running and live a life where she can make her own decisions.

Run for Your Life is a sensitive depiction of life for a child asylum seeker in detention; a thoroughly-researched piece of work that is the first in dealing with Ireland's inhumane system.

About the Author

Jane Mitchell lives in Dublin and works with children with physical disabilities. Her Amnesty International-endorsed novel A Dangerous Crossing (also published by Little Island), about a Syrian family fleeing the war, has sold more than 100,000 copies worldwide. She spent time volunteering at the refugee camp in Calais, in order to research the book. Her previous title Chalkline, about child soldiers in Kashmir, won the Children's Choice Award at the 2010 Children's Books Ireland Awards.

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"It is a book which should make us all reflect on how we in more peaceful, prosperous and safe countries receive those seeking protection." - Immigrant Council of Ireland

"Mitchell researched this novel meticulously and portrays life in direct provision starkly and honestly." - Sarah Webb, Irish Independent

"It is important - but it is also a skilfully structured novel." - Claire Hennessy, The Irish Times

"Stirring, honest and deeply compassionate." - LoveReading4Kids

"Stop everything and read this right now ... Extraordinary, moving, consuming and very, very real. I couldn't put it down." Fallen Star Stories

"I was marking quotes as I went along, but I ended up with so many I couldn't choose. There are so many moments in this story that absolutely shine." Read and Reviewed

"Very much a book for our time ... It's one of those books that grabs your heart." The John Toal Show

"A hard-hitting new novel." The Echo

"A courageous story of having and fulfilling a dream." --The Meath Chronicle


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