A moving and sensitive children’s book exploring a child's experience living in refugee accommodation in Ireland.
School Library Journal, “Best Books 2023” 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.
When Azari and her mother flee for their lives to Ireland they are put in a centre for asylum seekers. 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. Will she ever be able to stop running?
Jane Mitchell lives in Dublin, Ireland and works with children with physical disabilities. Her Amnesty International-endorsed novel (Little Island), about a Syrian family fleeing the war, has sold more than 100,000 copies worldwide. Jane spent time volunteering at the refugee camp in Calais to research the book. Chalkline (Walker), about child soldiers in Kashmir, won the Children's Choice Award at the 2010 Children's Books Ireland Awards.
"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
"A powerful story featuring resourceful women bravely making their way toward safety and hope." Publishers Weekly
"A gripping, educational page-turner about a pressing issue that affects millions worldwide."
"A compassionate look at the asylum seeker system in Ireland through the eyes of a teen girl." – School Libary Journal Starred Review