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About the Story

I'm called an asylum seeker, but that's not my name. A little girl and her mother have fled their homeland, making the long and treacherous journey by boat to seek asylum. Timely, powerful and moving, Out celebrates the triumph of the human spirit in the darkest times, and the many paths people take to build a new life.

The words by author Angela May George are a gentle and poignant portrayal of the asylum seeker experience, told from an unnamed and unknown girl's point of view. The textured illustrations by Owen Swan are deliberately rough to show that the experience of the dispossessed is not neat and comfortable.

Out is a story that needs to be told... and is done so, beautifully, by storyteller Pia Miranda.


*included in the VIC Premier's Reading Challenge 3-4 list.
*included in the SA Premier's Reading Challenge 6-9 list.
*included in the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge K-2 list.
*included in the QLD Premier's Reading Challenge 1-3 list.

*captions available

Story Details



Angela May George


    Owen Swan

    Pia Miranda

    Scholastic Australia,
    Australia, 2016


CBCA Previously Shortlisted, Courage, Cultural Diversity, Grief/Loss, NSW PRC, QLD PRC, SA PRC, VIC PRC

Suitable for

Lower Primary (5-8yrs), Middle Primary (8-10yrs)



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