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Created: 28th March, 2022

The Crossing

Author: Manjeet Mann
Publisher: Penguin

COLLECTION

Literature

YEAR GROUP

Years 7 and 8

BOOK TYPE

Corebooks

A remarkably ambitious book, which expertly uses the form of a verse novel to tell an incredibly powerful story. Mann’s characters are complex and carefully crafted, allowing the reader to empathise with any of them despite – or due to – their complexities. Told from the perspective of two teenagers – one from Dover, one a refugee from Eritrea – the novel’s construction and the echoes between the protagonists’ stories is a deeply empathetic way of approaching this narrative, and to a young reader, lends a face, a voice and a heart to the global refugee crisis.

As well as individual focus on characters, the novel is expansive, capturing the essence of being a teenager, evoking a world in crisis, and helping to open up the conversation of what is important to young people in this world. In telling such a story in such a creative way, Mann highlights the importance of every story to be told, for every voice to be heard, in a way that truly brings poetry to life for children.

The Crossing has been shortlisted for the CLiPPA 2022.

Special discount on books from the CLiPPA shortlist 2022 from Peters Books 

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