A unique, tender and heart-warming novel following a young girl's experience as an Iraqi refugee in Melbourne, her desire to belong, and the importance of friendship.
Ingrid Laguna is a writer, teacher and musician. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and daughter and teaches English to children and adults from all over the world, many of whom have refugee backgrounds. Songbird is her second book.
`Laguna has put much of the experience and understanding she has
gained as both a musician and as a teacher of English to new
arrivals into this engaging first novel.' * Adelaide Advertiser
'I loved the story of Jamila and the resilience and bravery of her family. Jamila is a wonderful character, full of courage and heart, who children will relate to and learn from.' * Sally Rippin *
`A beautiful story full of hope, heartache and love.' * Zana Fraillon *
`An inspiring story...reading Songbird together is a great way to start conversations with your children about topical issues, refugees, and to help create understanding around differences in culture and family.' * Better Reading *
`A fun, tender and uplifting portrait of a young Muslim girl's struggle to belong.' * AEU Magazine *
`A gentle story about starting over, making friends and finding a place in the world...a worthy addition to school libraries.' * Magpies *
`Jamila is a wonderful character and I really loved Songbird...It's a beautiful, hopeful story about digging deep and helping those around you...a super-great read.' * Fiona Hardy *