Mahtab’s Story: Libby Gleeson
Inspired by Libby Gleeson’s meeting with a group of Year 11 students from Iraq and Afghanistan, this novel about a young refugee and her family is a gripping and enlightening read. It is not only the dramatic story of flight and family separation and danger that enthralls, but also the discomfort of having to be always quiet and hidden, boredom, and the dreaded effects of losing hope. It brings home how life in Australia offers such new and wonderful freedom and such scarey challenges. Highly recommended for 11 to 15 years-ish.