invasion of iraq

by Deborah Ellis

In her fiction and non-fiction, Deborah Ellis has relentlessly brought to light the ways in which war and social injustice affect young people around the world. She continues to do so in her powerful new novel.

Fifteen-year-old Abdul is a Kurd from Baghdad. Abdul’s father and brothers were killed by an American bomb during the initial phase of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, his mother murdered a few years later by a religious militia. Yet it takes the beating death of his best friend by locals to convince Abdul to flee his country for good. Read more…