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  • Run For Your Life
  • Run For Your Life

    By Jane Mitchell

    Quick Overview

    A moving children’s book exploring Direct Provision, Ireland’s asylum-seeker accommodation system.
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    Awards Received

    Longlisted for the Redbridge Children's Book Award 2023

    'Some of my memories are dark and frightening: my father and the village council, leaving school. Having to run for our lives.'

    Endorsed by Amnesty International.

    Azari's life has been split in two and the halves are as different as lemons and mangoes.

    She and her mother fled for their lives to Ireland, where they live in a bleak Direct Provision centre. They long for their own hot, vibrant country. But to go back would mean certain death.

    When Azari runs she feels strong and free. But Azari has secrets — and she's still running for her life.

    "It is important – but it is also a skilfully structured novel." – Claire Hennessy, The Irish Times

    "Jane Mitchell's Run for Your Life stands out from this year. It is a well researched and hugely empathetic novel ... Deft and lyrical." – The Irish Times

    "Mitchell researched this novel meticulously and portrays life in direct provision starkly and honestly." – Sarah Webb, Irish Independent

    "Showing the fragile yet resilient humanity at the heart of refugee journeys ... Run For Your Life is a book which should make us all reflect on how we in more peaceful, prosperous and safe countries receive those seeking protection.” – Immigrant Council of Ireland

    "A gripping read." – Pat Kenny, Newstalk

    "A powerful story featuring resourceful women bravely making their way toward safety and hope." – Publishers Weekly

    "Very much a book for our time ... It's one of those books that grabs your heart." – The John Toal Show

    "Stirring, honest and deeply compassionate." –  LoveReading4Kids

    "A hard-hitting new novel." – The Echo

    "A courageous story of having and fulfilling a dream." – The Meath Chronicle

    "I was marking quotes as I went along, but I ended up with so many I couldn't choose. There are so many moments in this story that absolutely shine.” – Read and Reviewed

    "Stop everything and read this right now ... Extraordinary, moving, consuming and very, very real. I couldn’t put it down." – Fallen Star Stories

    "I started it and finished it in one sitting." – NetGalley Educator

    "This would be a great classroom read." – NetGalley Reviewer

    Jane Mitchell has written several books for children and young people which have won national and regional awards in Ireland and the UK, including the Bisto Book of the Year, Children’s Books Ireland Merit Award, Reading Association of Ireland Merit Award, and Children’s Choice award. Her books have been listed on the school curriculum in Ireland and Brazil. A Dangerous Crossing, which told the story of Syrian refugees, was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year in 2017, and also for the CBI Book of the Year Award in 2018, and has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide.

    Photo of Jane Mitchell

    Description

    'Some of my memories are dark and frightening: my father and the village council, leaving school. Having to run for our lives.'

    Endorsed by Amnesty International.

    Azari's life has been split in two and the halves are as different as lemons and mangoes.

    She and her mother fled for their lives to Ireland, where they live in a bleak Direct Provision centre. They long for their own hot, vibrant country. But to go back would mean certain death.

    When Azari runs she feels strong and free. But Azari has secrets — and she's still running for her life.

    Praise

    "It is important – but it is also a skilfully structured novel." – Claire Hennessy, The Irish Times

    "Jane Mitchell's Run for Your Life stands out from this year. It is a well researched and hugely empathetic novel ... Deft and lyrical." – The Irish Times

    "Mitchell researched this novel meticulously and portrays life in direct provision starkly and honestly." – Sarah Webb, Irish Independent

    "Showing the fragile yet resilient humanity at the heart of refugee journeys ... Run For Your Life is a book which should make us all reflect on how we in more peaceful, prosperous and safe countries receive those seeking protection.” – Immigrant Council of Ireland

    "A gripping read." – Pat Kenny, Newstalk

    "A powerful story featuring resourceful women bravely making their way toward safety and hope." – Publishers Weekly

    "Very much a book for our time ... It's one of those books that grabs your heart." – The John Toal Show

    "Stirring, honest and deeply compassionate." –  LoveReading4Kids

    "A hard-hitting new novel." – The Echo

    "A courageous story of having and fulfilling a dream." – The Meath Chronicle

    "I was marking quotes as I went along, but I ended up with so many I couldn't choose. There are so many moments in this story that absolutely shine.” – Read and Reviewed

    "Stop everything and read this right now ... Extraordinary, moving, consuming and very, very real. I couldn’t put it down." – Fallen Star Stories

    "I started it and finished it in one sitting." – NetGalley Educator

    "This would be a great classroom read." – NetGalley Reviewer

    About the Author

    Jane Mitchell

    Jane Mitchell has written several books for children and young people which have won national and regional awards in Ireland and the UK, including the Bisto Book of the Year, Children’s Books Ireland Merit Award, Reading Association of Ireland Merit Award, and Children’s Choice award. Her books have been listed on the school curriculum in Ireland and Brazil. A Dangerous Crossing, which told the story of Syrian refugees, was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year in 2017, and also for the CBI Book of the Year Award in 2018, and has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide.

    Photo of Jane Mitchell

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