The Ones That Disappeared

Zana Fraillon

Lothian

June 2017

$19.99 AU

262p pb

ISBN: 978-0734417152

from PM Literary Awards...

Around the world, millions of people—including many children—are victims of human trafficking. These modern-day slaves often go unseen even in our own cities and towns, their voices silent and their stories untold. In this incredible book, Zana Fraillon imagines the story of three such children, Esra, Miran and Isa. The result is powerful, heartbreaking and unforgettable. This is a Skellig for this generation; beautiful, magical and with Zana Fraillon's incredible talent for combining important global issues with extraordinary storytelling.

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The Ones That Disappeared by Zana Fraillon is a beautiful story about three trafficked children. It is incredibly heartfelt and moving, as it follows the lives of Ezra, Miran and Isa as they attempt to escape from their basement. They search for hope, and a home, and discover themselves along the way.

This novel belongs to the genre teen issues, but it also includes many other themes. I think this book would most appeal to those interested in world issues, and emotive, or moving, stories. It would appeal to those 14 years and older, as it is well written in a simple, yet powerful way. The novel also handles themes appropriate, or important, for most ages. These include fantasy, hope and child slavery/trafficking.

I liked how the novel was conveyed through the points of views of the different characters. This allowed me to experience each of their feelings through their lives. The novel is very easy to follow and the wording is very smooth.

Kimberley, age 14

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