Between Us by Clare Atkins – Book Review

Anahita lives in a detention centre in Darwin and is bussed with other students into the local community for school. Jono is a bit of a bad boy, and his father, Kenny, doesn’t know what to do. Kenny works at the detention centre. Anahita makes friends with Jono. And things are complicated.

The way refugees are currently treated by the Australian government, through both on-shore and off-shore detention, is horrific. The media often depicts those seeking asylum as dangerous criminals despite the evidence provided. Perhaps if more people read books like this, there would be a greater understanding and empathy for people who are having to flee horrific conditions to stay alive and keep their family safe. It’s a great YA book, and one that should absolutely be widely read.

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