Alone

Alone

The Journeys of Three Young Refugees

Written by: Tom, Paul
Illustrated by: Baillairgé, Mélanie
Translated by: Aaronson, Arielle
ages 8 to 12 / grades 3 to 7

Finalist, Governor General's Literary Award, Translation

Each year, more than 400 minors arrive alone in Canada requesting refugee status. They arrive without their parents, accompanied by no adult at all.

Alone relates the journey of three of them: Afshin, Alain and Patricia. Their story opens a window onto the many heartbreaks, difficult sacrifices and countless hardships that punctuate their obstacle-filled path. But Alone most especially tells of the courage and resilience that these young people demonstrated before being able to finally obtain a life where threats and danger are no longer a part of their everyday existence.

 

Key Text Features:

author's note

captions

chapters

character drawings

comic

map

dialogue

flags

further information

illustrations

introduction

maps

writing inspiration

 

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.3

Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.7

Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

Finalist, Governor General's Literary Award, Translation

Each year, more than 400 minors arrive alone in Canada requesting refugee status. They arrive without their parents, accompanied by no adult at all.

Alone relates the journey of three of them: Afshin, Alain and Patricia. Their story opens a window onto the many heartbreaks, difficult sacrifices and countless hardships that punctuate their obstacle-filled path. But Alone most especially tells of the courage and resilience that these young people demonstrated before being able to finally obtain a life where threats and danger are no longer a part of their everyday existence.

 

Key Text Features:

author's note

captions

chapters

character drawings

comic

map

dialogue

flags

further information

illustrations

introduction

maps

writing inspiration

 

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.3

Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.7

Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd — May 2, 2023
Specifications 144 pages | 6 in x 8.5 in
Written By

PAUL TOM was born in a refugee camp in Thailand, the son of Cambodian parents. He currently lives in Montreal where he uses his talent and sensitivity for projects that give a voice to those people we don’t hear enough about. Whether working as a film editor, director or author, he tells stories in such a way as to shed light on the intimate, precious and fragile aspects of human beings. Alone is his first book.

Illustrated by

MÉLANIE BAILLAIRGÉ lives and works in Montreal. A multi-talented artistic and creative director, she likes to create images using bold colours and dramatic lines. Her illustrations, which have great evocative power, go straight to the heart.

Written By

PAUL TOM was born in a refugee camp in Thailand, the son of Cambodian parents. He currently lives in Montreal where he uses his talent and sensitivity for projects that give a voice to those people we don’t hear enough about. Whether working as a film editor, director or author, he tells stories in such a way as to shed light on the intimate, precious and fragile aspects of human beings. Alone is his first book.

Illustrated by

MÉLANIE BAILLAIRGÉ lives and works in Montreal. A multi-talented artistic and creative director, she likes to create images using bold colours and dramatic lines. Her illustrations, which have great evocative power, go straight to the heart.

Audience ages 8 to 12 / grades 3 to 7
Key Text Features

author's note; captions; chapters; character drawings; comic; map; dialogue; flags; further information; illustrations; introduction; maps; writing inspiration

Common Core CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.7
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.3

Short-listed, Governor General's Literary Award, Translation, 2023

Commended, Kirkus Best Middle Grade Books of the Year, 2023

Commended, NPR Books We Love, 2023

Winner, Ontario Library Association Best Bets, 2024

Quietly awe-inspiring.

” —Kirkus Reviews

[Alone] will serve to humanize the situation of seeking safe haven.

” —Booklist

A stylized, minimalist approach hones three complex story lines down to a sharply rendered tale.

” —Publishers Weekly

An exceptional introduction to understanding the plight of young refugees.

” —Globe and Mail

Alone doesn't shy away from heartbreak and injustice, but the characters are so charming that the stories remain cheerful and uplifting even when relating so much hardship. Most importantly, the book is a reminder of the importance of welcoming refugees.

” —Canadian Children's Book News

An excellent introduction for anyone who wishes to understand and empathize with refugees and read first-hand accounts of such incredible young people.

” —CM: Canadian Review of Materials

Blunt, heartbreaking, and hopeful ... On a muted canvas peppered with stark reds and greens, illustrator Mélanie Baillairgé storyboards the bitterness of separation and the bittersweet relief of arrivals. In Alone, these tender and real stories find shelter.

” —Montreal Review of Books

Clearly told and accompanied with a wealth of illustrations ... A valuable book.

” —Winnipeg Free Press