The Ones That Disappeared

Zana Fraillon


June 2017

$19.99 AU

262p pb

ISBN: 978-0734417152

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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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