4 star reviews, Book reviews, contemporary fiction, race relations

Odd Child Out

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A look at race relations from across the pond.  I found it interesting that the UK is having the same issues as America, although I guess I should not be, these are the situations facing the world.  I think this is an important book for anyone to read and confront their own ideas about refugees, society, class and where we all fit in.

Noah and Abdi are best friends attending a private school.  Noah is from a well-off family.  Abdi is a scholarship student whose parents are Somali immigrants.  When Noah is found floating in a canal in an industrial part of the city and Abdi goes missing people jump to conclusions.

I loved this book and I give it 4/5 stars.  My favorite character was Abdi’s mother because I feel that I learned the most from her, from her experience and her strength.  I work with the general public as a librarian, I see many people every day, some immigrants, some possibly refugees.  I don’t have a chance to get to know them when they are asking for information or help finding something or about ESL classes, but would I if I had the chance.  I would like to think that I would.