• Silver Birch, Honour Book
• Booklist Editors' Choice List
• Books of the Year, Quill & Quire
• Chicago Public Library Best Books
• Booklist Top 10 Diverse Nonfiction for Older and Middle Readers
• Top Ten Best Bet, Ontario Library Association
• Notable Books for a Global Society
• VOYA Nonfiction Honour List
• EUREKA! Nonfiction Children’s Book Awards, California Reading Ass.
• 2017 Nerdies Best Long Form Nonfiction Award
• Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
• 2018 Independent Publisher Book Award
• Cybils Bloggers’ Literary Awards nomination
• Bangkok Book Awards finalist
• Foreword Indies Book of the Year Award finalist
• Maine Student Book Award finalist
• 2018 Rocky Mountain Book Award nomination
About the Book
The plight of refugees risking their lives at sea has, unfortunately, made the headlines all too often in the past few years. This book presents five true stories, from 1939 to today, about young people who lived through the harrowing experience of setting sail in search of asylum: Ruth and her family board the St. Louis to escape Nazism; Phu sets out alone from war-torn Vietnam; José tries to reach the United States from Cuba; Najeeba flees Afghanistan and the Taliban; and after losing his family, Mohamed abandons his village on the Ivory Coast in search of a new life.
Stormy Seas combines a vivid and contemporary collage-based design with dramatic storytelling to produce a book that makes for riveting reading as well as a source of timely information. These remarkable accounts will give readers a keen appreciation of the devastating effects of war and poverty on youth like themselves, and helps put the mounting current refugee crisis into stark context.