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June 1, 2016


By Angela May George and Owen Swan, Scholastic Press, 2016.

I’m called an asylum seeker, but that’s not my name.

Cover of a book with an illustration showing a birdseye view of a boat with people on it and a mother and child holding a yellow ribbon over the ocean. The ribbon spells the word OUTOut is the moving story of a little girl and her mother who have fled from danger in their homeland. They travel by boat on a long and perilous journey to seek asylum in a new and safe land. This story is timely and celebrates how the human spirit can triumph even through the darkest times. The little girl and her mother build a new life and await the arrival of the little girl’s father at the end of the story.


Shortlisted: The Picture Book of the Year by Children’s Book Council of Australia, 2017.

Wrap Up


  • 8.8/10
  • 6/10
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    Educational content
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  • 6/10


  • Soft and sensitive illustrations.
  • Addresses a very real and current issue.

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