By Benjamin Zephaniah
(Bloomsbury USA Childrens, Hardcover, 9781582347639, 288pp.)
Publication Date: May 1, 2002
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Walk in the shoes of Alem and you will learn what it's like to be a boy without a country. Alem's father is Ethiopian and his mother Eritrean, and as long as these two countries are at war, Alem's family is not welcome in either place. So Alem's father does what at first seems unthinkable - he leaves Alem in England, alone, in the hope that he will find safety as a refugee. Though the Refugee Council in London takes Alem's case, through the legal processing, finding a foster family, and entering school, it is Alem's courageous and caring character that wins him the friends, the respect, and ultimately, the legal permission to stay in England and start his own, new life.
Benjamin Zephaniah is a British performance poet of Jamaican descent and travels on literary world tours for the British Council. Benjamin cannot remember a time he was not creating poetry. He believes that working with human rights groups, animal rights groups and other political organizations means that he will never lack subject matter. He currently lives in England.