“Sunflower is brave, moving and very real. Everyone growing up in Australia should read this book.” —Carly Nugent, author The Peacock Detectives
“A beautifully observed story of identity, friendship and belonging.” —Nova Weetman, author of Sick Bay
‘A moving, insightful book, informed by Laguna’s long experience as a teacher of migrant and refugee children and written with great clarity and empathy.’ —Magpies
Jamila is happy in her new home in Australia, though she still misses her old life in Iraq. She and her new best friend Eva sing side-by-side in the choir at school and have picnics together on the weekends. One day, Jamila receives some exciting news: Mina, her oldest friend from Iraq, is coming to Australia. Jamila can’t wait to see her and introduce her to Eva. But when Mina arrives, things do not go as planned. Jamila feels torn between her two friends, and sad that Mina isn’t the same person she remembers. Can Jamila be a true friend to Mina, and help her feel safe and happy in her new home? In this follow-up to Songbird, Ingrid Laguna once again tackles themes of friendship, family, and belonging.