World in Between: Based on a True Refugee Story

by Kenan Trebincevic (Author)

Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade

Co-written by a New York Times best-selling author, this moving account of a Muslim boy's refugee journey from war-torn Bosnia to the U.S. celebrates tolerance and kindness while delivering a riveting read.

Fifth-grader Kenan loves drawing and playing soccer with his friends. He wants to be a famous athlete, hates it when his classmates call him "Bugs Bunny," and looks up to his big brother, who hasn't had much time for him lately. Sometimes his family drives him crazy, but he loves them. His worries are small . . . until war arrives on his doorstep.

Soon, Kenan's family find themselves trapped in their home with dwindling supplies. Ten months later, with help from friends and strangers, they finally make it out of the country alive. But that's only the beginning of their journey.

Perfect for fans of Escape from Aleppo and The Night Diary, World in Between is an action-packed page-turner with heart: a story about a kid doing his best during difficult times that celebrates the power of community and human resilience.

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Shows how, for refugees, the struggle for survival doesn’t end when you leave home.

This book was kinda sad.

Glad I was never a refugee.

Kenan Trebincevic
Kenan Trebinčevic is a Bosnian Muslim who survived the ethnic cleansing in the Bosnian War and came to the U.S. in 1993. He lives in Astoria, Queens.

Susan Shapiro is an award-winning Jewish American journalist and best-selling author. She lives in Manhattan., Twitter: @Susanshapironet, Instagram: @profsue123.
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Clarion Books
Publication date
July 27, 2021
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV016080 - Juvenile Fiction | Historical | Military & Wars
JUV005000 - Juvenile Fiction | Boys & Men
JUV039250 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Emigration & Immigration
JUV016150 - Juvenile Fiction | Historical | United States - 20th Century
JUV039230 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Bullying
JUV039120 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Prejudice & Racism
JUV016040 - Juvenile Fiction | Historical | Europe
JUV032150 - Juvenile Fiction | Sports & Recreation | Soccer
JUV061000 - Juvenile Fiction | Politics & Government
JUV033270 - Juvenile Fiction | Religious | Muslim
Library of Congress categories

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