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Swimming on the Lawn
Swimming on the Lawn

Swimming on the Lawn

12+

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

176 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: PDF, Mobipocket, EPUB, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $12.99 (US $12.99) (CA $17.99)

Publication Date: April 2018

ISBN 9781925164855

Rights: WOR

Fremantle Press (Apr 2018)

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Overview

A gorgeous snapshot of Sudan's rich cultural heritage, seen through the eyes of a young girl coming of age in the 1960s

Told through the eyes of Farida, as well as her inquisitive sister and brothers, this is a beautiful story about growing up in Sudan. Sudanese culture and customs are brought to life, from the ubiquitous tea service and hearty breakfasts to the commemoration of Muslim holidays and the rites of birth and death. But a happy childhood spent in the capital and the rural villages of 1960s Sudan ends startlingly with a sudden military coup that changes the make-up of Farida's family forever. Swimming on the Lawn is a powerful reminder that many children around the world are affected by war and are helpless against it. At a time when America's reaction to refugees and asylum seekers is ambiguous, this book makes a strong case for compassion and care. Told in short, standalone chapters in direct and unadorned prose, the book is perfect for teachers to use as excerpts in the classroom. Teaching notes available from fremantlepress.com.au.

Author Biography

Yasmin Hamid grew up in East Africa with her siblings, English mother, and Sudanese father. She loves reading and has been in the same book club group for almost 25 years. She is happily married and has lived in Western Australia since 1988. This is her first novel for children.