To The Other Side

Erika Meza


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Hachette Children's Group
20 July 2023
ISBN: 9781444971781
40 pages

From the publisher

‘A thoughtful, profound, important book’ Irish Independent
‘A realistic but hopeful look at two children’s emigration’ Publishers Weekly

Powerful and timely, To The Other Side explores the journey of two young refugee children in search of safety. Perfect for opening up conversations about conflict and war, encouraging empathy and understanding.

A young boy and his older sister have left home to play a game. To win, she tells him, they must travel across endless lands together and make it to the finish line.

Each child imagines what might be waiting for them across the border: A spotted dog? Ice cream! Or maybe a new school. But the journey is difficult, and the monsters are more real than they imagined.

And when it no longer feels like a game, the two children must still find a way to forge ahead, and reach the other side.

A stunning, symbolic and emotionally rich picture book about the spirit and strength it takes to leave your home behind. Beautifully brought to life by author-illustrator Erika Meza.

‘One of the best picture books I’ve read in recent memory’ Steve Antony
‘Perceptive and exquisitely illustrated’ Flavia Z. Drago
‘Beautiful. Beautifully illustrated. Beautifully told’ Jarvis
‘An incredible book’ Mark Bradley
‘Simply impeccable’ Steven Lenton
‘An instant classic’ Celine Kiernan