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A House Without Walls

Elizabeth Laird

A House Without Walls


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5 out 5

19 reviews

The moving story of a family's fight to reunite after their lives are torn apart by war in Syria, from Elizabeth Laird, award-winning author of A Little Piece of Ground and Welcome to Nowhere. Thirteen-year-old Safiya and her family have been driven out of Syria by civil war. Safiya knows how lucky she is - lucky not to be living in a refugee camp, lucky to be alive. But it's hard to feel grateful when she's forced to look after her father and brother rather than go back to school, and now that she's lost her home, she's lonelier than ever. As they struggle to rebuild their lives, Safiya realizes that her family has always been incomplete and with her own future in the balance, it's time to uncover the secrets that war has kept buried.



It was a heartwarming story that gripped you right till the end.

Empress Honeycomb Bonsai 27.07.2023


It was fiction and my favourite character was the protagonist. I would definitely recommend this book to someone else.

Doctor Angora Stegosaurus 30.07.2022


It was a very interesting book about war and serogation.

Anonymous 25.07.2022


One of the only authors who talk about and notice the Syrian Civil War

Anonymous 25.06.2022


This is sad but still good

Officer Blossom Bottlenose 28.08.2021


I would recommend it to someone who is prepared for a sad yet thrilling tale!!

Fairy Tuesday Starlight 23.08.2021


I liked this book because all the characters have different personalities.

Dame Agnetha Stegosaurus 21.08.2021


I loved this book ! It really teaches us about refugees and tells us how they feel . I liked Safiya . I think many people should read this .

Anonymous 14.07.2021



Doctor June Foxtail 03.07.2021


This is an amazing book and it’s all about how refuges live and everything they have to go through I would recommend this to people who are into refugees books

Judge Majorca Anteater 11.02.2021


This book is amazing as it shows you ten life of people living in a tent and how hard it Is for them and makes you feel grateful for everything You have in your life . Also really exciting and good

Captain Harmonica Chipperfield 11.12.2020


Sad story

Dame Beryl Foxtail 19.09.2020


this book is based on the tale of a refuge family although it may be fiction it is true for the millions of refuges fleeing syria every day it is told through the prespective of safia a thirteen year old girl who had to leave her comfortable flat in damascus and flee to their aunt and uncle they have a hard life living in a tent but they make it work as the story progreses safiya meets her long lost twin sabe and finds that her mother was not who she thought she was she is inatialy dissapointed in sabe for she is nothing like her sabe is spoiled and pampered and safiya is hard working and brave towards the end of the book safiya and sabe begin to warm to each other and in the end new opportunietes arise for safiya and she takes them i would recomend this book to people who like a tale of courage and bravery

Marshal Aphrodite O’Doughnut 01.09.2020


Very exciting and heart warming but, it was quite unbelievable in places and quick to move forward.

Senorita Sapphire Spaghetti-Hoops 27.08.2020


This book is about 13 year old girl refugee from Syria.My favourite Character in 'A house without walls' is Safiya.I would recommend this book because it's very dramatic.

Officer Panther Bungalow 19.08.2020


This was one of my favourite books as it was based on fact, the war in Syria. It showed the life of a girl and her family who had run away because of the war and discovered family secrets that the war kept hidden.

Empress June Moonlight 10.08.2020


I thought this book was really good, that's why I gave it 4 stars. My fav character has to be Snowball 😸😸😸 though I did also like Abu Ali. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a story a bit different from others. It was really interesting reading about Safiya's journey to Jordan and learning about how she lived in a house without walls and having to cooking for everyone. Even though I like a sad or tragic ending, this book was still awesome!! My overall rating had to be... ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I'd say 4 stars means very good, not an all time favourite but still a book to read sometime again in the future. Thanks. 😋😊😉

Superstar Merlin Banana 28.07.2020

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