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The Mediterranean

Armin Greder



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Allen & Unwin
24 January 2018
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- If Room on the Rock takes a gentle approach, this book which also tackles the refugee crises, is much more blunt. This is the book for much older students to use, and is uncompromising in its depictions of human misery. Armin Greder never sugarcoats, and if his black-washed images are confronting, they are no more confronting than the reality they depict. There is only one sentence, right on the first page, and the illustrations that follow show the food chain of actions that cause mass exodus as well as the literal food chain… Dark, eloquent, thought-provoking and brilliant. Lindy Jones


Precarious boats navigate the waters of the sea, from south to north. And more often than not, it is not only hope that drowns. A devastating indictment of our society's treatment of refugees by the creator of The Island.

With eloquent and devastating imagery, the creator of the multi-award-winning book The Island again asks us to examine our responses to the plight of refugees. How long will we remain silent witnesses?

'After finishing this book, I imagined a different story, one recounting the journey of a family with an entry visa, setting out on an aeroplane or a ship, landing or docking safe and sound in a country where they can make a new start.

These are known as 'safe and legal pathways' and Amnesty International calls on the international community to provide them to those fleeing war, torture and persecution. Routes over land, air or sea that would save people having to entrust their lives to crime rings, which is otherwise the only possibility that remains open to them.
By:   Armin Greder
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 315mm,  Width: 220mm, 
Weight:   513g
ISBN:   9781760630959
ISBN 10:   1760630950
Publication Date:   24 January 2018
Recommended Age:   From 12 to 18 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Armin Greder was born in Switzerland. In 1971 he migrated to Australia where he worked as a graphic designer and later taught design and illustration at a tertiary art institution. Books he has illustrated include 2016 CBCA Picture Book of the Year, Flight, with Nadia Wheatley, and The Great Bear, An Ordinary Day and I Am Thomas, all written by Libby Gleeson. Books he has authored and illustrated include The Island, The City and Australia to Z. His work, in which charcoal is prominent, reflects his European background. He is the recipient of a number of international recognitions such as the Bologna Ragazzi Award and has been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Prize. He now lives in Lima, Peru, together with his companion Victoria.

Reviews for The Mediterranean

A chilling and thought-provoking book about human, political, and economic aspects of the refugee crisis. --Kirkus Reviews

  • Long-listed for Picture Book of the Year 2019 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Picture Book of the Year 2019 (Australia)
  • Winner of Picture Book of the Year 2019 (Australia)

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