Nonfiction Graphic Novel
THE UNWANTED: Stories of The Syrian Refugees
by Don Brown
September 2018 – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
In his new graphic novel, Sibert Honor-winning author-illustrator Don Brown does an important, timely, and eye-opening exploration of the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, exposing the harsh realities of living in, and trying to escape, a war zone.
Starting in 2011, refugees flood out of war-torn Syria in Exodus-like proportions. The surprising flood of victims overwhelms neighboring countries, and chaos follows. Resentment in host nations heightens as disruption and the cost of aid grows. By 2017, many want to turn their backs on the victims. The refugees are the unwanted.
Don Brown depicts moments of both heartbreaking horror and hope in the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis. Shining a light on these untold stories, THE UNWANTED is a testament to the courage and resilience of the refugees and a call to action for all those who read.
Don Brown is the award-winning author and illustrator of many picture book biographies. He has been widely praised for his resonant storytelling and his delicate watercolor paintings that evoke the excitement, humor, pain, and joy of lives lived with passion. He lives in New York with his family. Visit him online at booksbybrown.com and on Instagram @donsart.