Jamila is in a new country, at a new school, starting a brand new life. Will she find her voice?
Jamila wants to fit in, but it’s hard when you miss your very best friend back home in Iraq, and you’re worried about your dad's safety, and your mum need your help with the simplest of tasks. When she joins the school choir, Jamila believes she may just have found somewhere to belong. Soon, she finds a new friend, and she dares to hope again.
Songbird follows Jamila as she experiences life as an Iraqi refugee in Australia. Author Ingrid Laguna draws on her experiences as a teacher to adults and children from all over the world to create this timely and tender story about resilience, new experiences, friendship, and finding a way to shine.
"A beautiful story full of hope, heartache and love." —Zana Fraillon, author of The Bone Sparrow; "I loved the story of Jamila and the resilience and bravery of her family. Jamila is a wonderful character, full of courage and heart, who children will relate to and learn from." —Sally Rippin, author of the Billie B. Brown series; "An inspiring story…reading Songbird together is a great way to start conversations with your children about topical issues, refugees, and to help create understanding around differences in culture and family." —Better Reading