The Unwanted: Book summary and reviews of The Unwanted by Don Brown

The Unwanted

Stories of the Syrian Refugees

by Don Brown

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In the tradition of Don Brown's critically acclaimed, full-color nonfiction graphic novels, The Unwanted is an important, timely, and eye-opening exploration of the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, exposing the harsh realities of living in, and trying to escape, a war zone.

Starting in 2011, refugees flood out of war-torn Syria in Exodus-like proportions. The surprising flood of victims overwhelms neighboring countries, and chaos follows. Resentment in host nations heightens as disruption and the cost of aid grows. By 2017, many want to turn their backs on the victims. The refugees are the unwanted.

Don Brown depicts moments of both heartbreaking horror and hope in the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis. Shining a light on the stories of the survivors, The Unwanted is a testament to the courage and resilience of the refugees and a call to action for all those who read.

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"Starred Review. The pen-and-ink digitally colored art has a loose, informal style that vividly expresses the intense emotions contained in the book. A moving chronicle of a real humanitarian tragedy." - Kirkus

"Starred Review. Brown provides concrete comparisons that make the problem more tangible and relatable...The varied panels perfectly control the pacing, thoughtfully guiding readers through difficult subject matter." - Horn Book Magazine

"The author of Drowned City again humanizes a story that can seem remote and incomprehensible: this time, the Syrian refugee crisis." - Publishers Weekly

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Don Brown

Don Brown is the award-winning author and illustrator of many picture book biographies. He has been widely praised for his resonant storytelling and his delicate watercolor paintings that evoke the excitement, humor, pain, and joy of lives lived with passion. School Library Journal has called him "a current pacesetter who has put the finishing touches on the standards for storyographies." He lives in New York with his family.

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