By Fraillon, Zana
Matais and Josue are Syrian refugees. Having reached the supposed safety of the West, they find themselves trafficked into the dark and unseen world of modern slavery. Alone and vulnerable, all they have is each other. But when they finally chance their escape in order to return ...home, Matais is caught by the police and the boys are separated. Hiding out near the river as he forms a plan to save his friend, Josue meets a girl - Skeet. One night, Skeet starts to form the figure of a human from the mud by the river - and in the morning there sits a man. A man that seems to be human. But is he? And why is he carrying a chain that belongs to Matais? As they follow the Mud Man - hoping he will lead them to Matais - they discover an underground world of tunnels and chambers, and the Mud Man's lair, where their journey to find Matais unfolds. This is a SKELLIG for this generation; beautiful, magical and with Zana's incredible talent for combining important global issues with extraordinary storytelling.Read more
Zana Fraillon worked as a primary school teacher before becoming a full-time writer of fiction and picture books for young children. She is the author of The Ones That Disappeared and The Bone Sparrow, which won the Amnesty CILIP Honour 2017, was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and Guardian Children's Book Prize, and has garnered widespread critical acclaim. Zana lives in Victoria, Australia, with her husband and three children.
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