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A refugee story of extraordinary power and beauty from the Amnesty CILIP Honour-winning author of The Bone Sparrow, Zana Fraillon, and Kate Greenaway Medal-winning illustrator Grahame Baker Smith.

Idris is a child refugee, born into a world of tents and fences. He has known no other life than this. He has no memories of the world outside.

Then the Wisp arrives, floating in on the evening breeze. Everyone who holds it finds their memories reawakened, their hopes of freedom reborn. But what about Idris, who has no memories? What will happen when he holds the magical Wisp?

Storytelling and imagination have the power to offer hope in this extraordinary picture book from the Amnesty CILIP Honour-winning author of The Bone Sparrow, Zana Fraillon, and Kate Greenaway Medal-winning illustrator Grahame Baker Smith.

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Praise for Wisp

  • This is a vital and surprisingly beautiful book that should be read by parents as well as children. [The Bone Sparrow] - Daily Telegraph

  • This is an exquisite, heart-rendingly honest portrayal of life in a refugee detention camp. [The Bone Sparrow] - Good Reading

  • It's an important and difficult topic, and Fraillon has more than done it justice. A children's book for all ages. [The Bone Sparrow] - Herald Sun

  • The combination of the moving story, so simply and eloquently told, with the beautiful and involving illustrations will be an inspiration to all readers...Wisp is a powerful, evocative book for our times and is recommended for readers five and up but should really be read by young and old alike. - Books+Publishing

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  • There have been some beautiful, compassionate picture books that feature the plight of refugees and their search for a peaceful life away from war and poverty. Joining these is this very moving and heartfelt story about Idris, a small boy who has known nothing else but his desperate life as a refugee. He has no memories of a life anywhere else. One day a Wisp - a creature that when held reawakens memories and hopes for freedom - flies through the air. Nobody notices it until Idris catches it in his hands. Author Zana Fraillon won several awards for her novel The Bone Sparrow and English illustrator Grahame Baker Smith is a winner of the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. The combination of the moving story, so simply and eloquently told, with the beautiful and involving illustrations will be an inspiration to all readers. The rather dark palette reflects the world that Idris lives in, with a hint of tents and barbed wire. But the pages where the Wisp spreads the light of hope, reflected in Idris' eyes and on his face, are beautiful. Wisp is a powerful, evocative book for our times and is recommended for readers five and up but should really be read by young and old alike. - Books and Publishing

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The Ones That Disappeared by Zana Fraillon

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Zana Fraillon, author of THE BONE SPARROW, wins at ABIA Awards 2017

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The Ones That Disappeared by Zana Fraillon

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Zana Fraillon, author of THE BONE SPARROW, wins at ABIA Awards 2017

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Zana Fraillon

Zana Fraillon was born in Melbourne, but spent her early childhood in San Francisco. Her 2016 novel The Bone Sparrow won the ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children, the Readings Young Adult Book Prize and the Amnesty CILIP Honour. It was also shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards, the Queensland Literary Awards, the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Gold Inky and the CILIP Carnegie Medal.

She spent a year in China teaching English and now lives in Melbourne with her three sons, husband and two dogs. When Zana isn't reading or writing, she likes to explore the museums and hidden passageways scattered across Melbourne. They provide the same excitement as that moment before opening a new book - preparing to step into the unknown where a whole world of possibilities awaits.