Oranges in No Man's Land (group set, 7 books)

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Since her father left Lebanon to find work and her mother tragically died in a shell attack, ten-year-old Ayesha has been living in the bomb-ravaged city of Beirut with her granny and her two younger brothers. When Granny falls desperately ill Ayesha sets off on a terrifying journey across no man's land to reach a doctor living in enemy territory.

  • Conflict
  • Heroism and bravery
  • Selected by Diverse Voices as one of the top 50 books about cultural diversity
  • 128 pages
  • requires sustained reading between sessions. Best read as a class novel with key extracts selected for guided reading

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Elizabeth Laird interviewed by Hannah Love

Elizabeth Laird is a much loved author of everything from picture books to young adult novels, and has been shortlisted for the Carnegie medal six times. She has travelled and lived all over the world, and the inspiration this has provided shines through in her books, not least in her newest novel Dindy and the Elephant. Set in India in 1947 just before the the Indian Independence Act came into place, Dindy and her younger brother Pog live in the middle of a tea plantation with their parents. Whilst Laird claims that generally her characters come to her at the beginning of a story, and then she ‘starts to put flesh on the original idea,’ she acknowledges that in this instance not only her travels but her own family history inspired the novel.

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