A highly topical, award-winning novel from a truly great writer for children. Tara is an ordinary teenager. Although her country, Kurdistan, is caught up in a war, the fighting seems far away. It hasn't really touched her. Until now. The secret police are closing in. Tara and her family must flee to the mountains with only the few things they can carry. It is a hard and dangerous journey - but their struggles have only just begun. Will anywhere feel like home again?
Elizabeth Laird was born in New Zealand and moved to England with her family when she was three. She went to school in Croydon, studied languages at Bristol and then Edinburgh University, and taught English in Malaysia, Ethiopia and India. She has written many books for children, including Jake's Tower, The Garbage King (shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal), A Little Piece of Ground and The Secrets of the Fearless. She lives with her husband in Richmond, Surrey.