Escape from Aleppo

Escape from Aleppo

Nadia?s family is forced to flee their home in Aleppo, Syria, when the Arab Spring sparks a civil war in this timely coming-of-age novel from award-winning author N.H. Senzai. Silver and gold balloons. A birthday cake covered in pink roses. A new dress. Nadia stands at the center of attention in her parents? elegant dining room. This is the best day of my life, she thinks. Nadia?s family is forced to flee their home in Aleppo, Syria, when the Arab Spring sparks a civil war in thi...

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Title:Escape from Aleppo
Author:N.H. Senzai
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Genres:Childrens
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

Escape from Aleppo Reviews

  • Kirin
    Mar 14, 2018
    (www.islamicschoollibrarian.wordpress.com) N.H. Senzai's newest book (published in January 2018), gives a face and a voice to the grave situation in Syria. Like Senzai's other books, she uses the rich culture and history of a country to inform the reader, and a compelling front st...
  • Kris
    Sep 02, 2017
    Outstanding! I felt like I was there alongside Nadia and her frightening journey. The characters are well developed and I feel that I have a deeper understanding of the situation in Syria. This is a must read for early 2018. ...
  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    Jan 18, 2018
    Nadia is a typical pre-teen---enjoying spending time with her friends and family, delighted about being selected to appear in a tv commercial, celebrating her twelfth birthday---and then she is not. Suddenly, a man appears on tv and sets himself on fire, and Syria is at war, and Nadia'...
  • LauraW
    Mar 09, 2018
    As many times as I have read both fiction and non-fiction about the Middle East, I never manage to remember who at least one and usually most of the groups are. Some, I know nothing about (e.g., Druze), some I know a little about (Hezbollah), some I know a lot about (Sunni, Shia, Kurd)...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Oct 29, 2017
    ARC provided by the author. Nadia and her family live in an apartment building in Aleppo, Syria, so her aunts and uncles, and well as her grandmother, are all close by. When their neighborhood is being bombed in October of 2013, they have a plan to leave and head toward the Turkish ...
  • Laura Mossa
    Oct 23, 2017
    In 2010, Nadia is overjoyed to be starring in a local commercial, loves watching her favorite singers on Arab Idol, and is meticulous about her polished nails. But on the day of her twelfth birthday party, Nadia?s world changes due to the start of Arab Spring, a wave of pro-democracy...
  • Alex (not a dude) Baugh
    Dec 26, 2016
    It?s October 2013 and explosions from barmeela, bombs packed with shrapnel, are being dropped from helicopters by the Syrian army on Aleppo?s Salaheddine neighborhood where Nadia Jandali, 14, lives with her family, including aunts, uncles, and cousins. It?s time carry out their p...
  • Tessa
    Mar 20, 2018
    This Middle Grade Book could be straight out of the headlines of Syria. Yet it also causes the reader to care and worry deeply over the fate of the characters. At moments, the story was a bit clunky with the need to back-fill information about the context that the average reader likely...
  • Cristen
    Dec 31, 2017
    This riveting tale follows a girl hoping to make her way out of war-torn Syria. I particularly appreciated the references to the area's history. The author deftly handled the youth perspective of the conflict's beginnings. ...
  • Lucy
    Apr 16, 2018
    When I saw this book in my library, I picked it up. The cover is very compelling and the summary immediately drew me in. It was a quick book once it got going and I was riveted right up until the last page because while this was fiction, it also wasn't and I wasn't entirely sure how it...
  • Tessyohnka
    Apr 02, 2018
    There?s no question that this is an important book for the young reader ready for this level of understanding of the conflict in Syria. Though I found it hard to credit that Nadia was left behind (from my vantage point of mother and grandmother) I let that go and appreciated the jour...
  • KC
    Feb 07, 2018
    Twelve year old Syrian, Nadia along with her family try to flee Aleppo before the anti-government protesters break out and bombs start to fall. It's too late, and her family fear that Nadia did not survive an air raid. Here is her journey, traveling through a war torn country in hopes ...
  • Sara Ahmed
    Apr 03, 2018
    Where do I even begin with this book. A representation of what has been happening in Syria. The voice was RAW. The emotions HIGH. The feelings INTENSE. I started and finished it in one day praying that it would end on a good note. And it did. If only what is happening in Syria would do...
  • Charlotte Beckmann
    Dec 09, 2017
    Four days. What changes a person in four days? An experience of life or death? Deciding to trust someone or not? Questioning even those kind souls who help you? Such an experience would strip away a child?s innocence. And what of becoming a refugee fleeing your own country for a s...
  • Beth Honeycutt
    Nov 26, 2017
    What an amazing and sad and important book! I was entranced by Nadia?s story, and I learned more about the events in Syria than I?d known before. I feel so lucky that I was able to meet the author and get an ARC of the book for my class. ...
  • Jen Naughton
    Nov 24, 2017
    Oh, my heart. Aleppo and all of Syria has faded from the US newscasts, and that is bordering on criminal when you dive into the situation there. Nadia and her family live in an Aleppo and are attempting to leave the country as the war near them escalates. As they are going Nadia is...
  • Dana
    Mar 18, 2018
    The story line got confusing/long-winded it seemed, but I appreciated the recent history of Syria that was told through this book. Nadia is separated from her family after a bomb hits their apartment, and on her way to reunite with them, meets three other individuals that are trying to...
  • USOM
    Jan 01, 2018
    Senzai mixes little snippets of history, facts about the conflict in Aleppo, and the history of Nadia all together. It is this amazingly cohesive mixture that rolls off your tongue. Let me just stop this review to say, if you're looking for profound touching MG books with rich characte...
  • Adriyanna Zimmermann
    Apr 12, 2017
    Not sure why this book has 1 & 2 star ratings already but two can play this game. ...
  • Phil Jensen
    Mar 31, 2018
    Why I wouldn't recommend this book. Muslims are woefully underrepresented in children's fiction, and we should encourage progress. Escape from Aleppo is a move in the right direction, but it does not meet my instructional needs. Senzai drops the reader right into the deep water- ...
  • Jessica
    Feb 13, 2018
    Escape from Aleppo is a middle grade novel by N.H. Senzai about one girl?s escape from the Syrian city of Aleppo when fighting reaches the city. The novel opens with Nadia being awoken in the early morning; her family are finally leaving the city for good. She hasn't left her hous...
  • Sarah
    Jun 06, 2017
    I wanna read this. I usually never give ratings before reading. But how the hell does this have such a bad rating when it's not even out? There's zero reasons for this ? ...
  • Emma
    Apr 03, 2018
    Even though the writing was a bit uneven, I enjoyed the story and was invested in how Nadia's journey unfolded. This reminded me of Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz, and I can see my 6th graders enjoying this book as they did Prisoner, while becoming interested in the current refugee cris...
  • LitPick Student Book Reviews
    Feb 17, 2018
    In 2011, there was an outcry from the people of Syria. As the Syrian government and the rebels locked into a dangerous war, the city of Aleppo became the battle grounds, and the citizens became the casualties. For years, Nadia had tried to ignore the signs: the riots, the protests, and...
  • Ben Guterson
    Feb 16, 2018
    N.H. Senzai situates a young girl's redemptive journey of survival squarely within the Syrian conflict's heartbreaking confines--all to powerful effect. Set mostly in October of 2013, Escape from Aleppo follows fourteen-year-old Nadia's flight to Turkey (where she hopes to reunite with...
  • Linda V
    Dec 13, 2017
    Nadia is surrounded by her large extended family and her privelaged lifestyle in Aleppo Syria. With polital unrest, war gets closer and closer until the decision to flee to Turkey becomes the only choice. While leaving their home, the neighborhood gets bombed and Nadia becomes separate...
  • Joe Schrock
    Jan 29, 2018
    A very balanced look into one of the tragedies of our time. A story of personal growth, aging beyond years, the terrible effects of war and the hope despite all evidence to the contrary that there is the possibility of something better. It should be mandatory reading for our leaders, b...
  • Amber Webb
    Jul 15, 2017
    The story of Nadia's childhood in Aleppo, Syria is not one I will soon forget. The book floats back and forth between the present and Nadia's recalled memories as she travels to meet her family in Turkey. The people she meets along the way deepen the story in ways I never imagined. Thi...
  • Sara (lyrical.reads)
    Dec 17, 2017
    *I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review* N.H. Senzai?s newest novel, Escape from Aleppo, demonstrates the power of storytelling and the importance of family, history, and culture, all while creating a story that makes the topic of Syria approachable to ...
  • Joel W.
    Feb 12, 2018
    Recommended for high school students 10th grade and up, young adults, and anyone interested in learning more about the Syrian war and refugee crisis in the form of a story. A timely, important, and storied look at the crisis that has ravaged Syria since 2012. While Nadia's story pr...