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Welcome to Nowhere is a powerful and beautifully written story about the life of one family caught up in civil war by the award-winning author Elizabeth Laird, shortlisted for the Scottish Teen Book Award and winner of the UKLA Book Award.

Twelve-year-old Omar and his brothers and sisters were born and raised in the beautiful and bustling city of Bosra, Syria. Omar doesn’t care about politics – all he wants is to grow up to become a successful businessman who will take the world by storm. But when his clever older brother, Musa, gets mixed up with some young political activists, everything changes . . .

Before long, bombs are falling, people are dying, and Omar and his family have no choice but to flee their home with only what they can carry. Yet no matter how far they run, the shadow of war follows them – until they have no other choice than to attempt the dangerous journey to escape their homeland altogether. But where do you go when you can’t go home?

‘[Sings] with truth’ – The Times

‘A muscular, moving, thought-provoking book’ – Guardian

‘Humane and empathetic . . . an effective call to action’ – The Sunday Times

‘Powerful, heart-breaking and compelling’ – Scotsman

Product Details

Catalogue number

2472 in Schools Catalogue 2024–25






Macmillan Children's Books

Date published

July 6th, 2017

Lexile measure


Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.6; Middle years plus; 10.0 points

Other details

  • 352 pages



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  1. Vanmuhilan Kandeepan
    on 8 August 2023

    A moving masterpiece

    Welcome to Nowhere is a moving masterpiece that delves into the complexities of human existence through vivid storytelling and heartfelt emotion. The novel follows characters grappling with displacement and the search for belonging, showcasing their resilience and courage. The author's masterful portrayal of human relationships and shared vulnerability creates an intimate connection between the reader and the characters, reminding them of compassion and transformation. The novel offers a poignant reminder of the enduring strength of the human spirit, prompting readers to reflect on their own lives, values, and relationships.

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