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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

  • 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

  • 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

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