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Hani is 12 and invisible, and yet everyone wants to capture him. After escaping from Syria with his sister, he finds himself working in atrocious conditions somewhere in Scotland. When his sister disappears, he begins a perilous journey to find her, across some of the wildest terrain in Scotland.

Mia is also on the run, and sometimes it feels as if she will never stop running. When she helps Hani escape from his captors, the two become inseparable. Her dream is to reach the island where she was last happy, when her parents were alive, and find the little house she believes they still own. Once we reach the island, she tells Hani, everything will be okay.

But their journey takes them into dangerous landscapes, hunted by dangerous men, chased through a system of underground flooded caverns while a great storm sweeps the coast. Whatever happens, Mia knows that she must help Hani to find his sister. What they will really find at the end of their journey may come as a surprise to both of them.

Book cover for When We Get To The Island by Alex Nye

When We Get To The Island by Alex Nye is published by Fledgling Press and is available to purchase in digital and paperback formats.


When We Get To The Island is an interesting novel about the harrowing journey many children have taken across the Mediterranean Sea from Syria. Two children find themselves somewhere in Scotland working in atrocious conditions. Hani is 12 and missing his home and parents, who had to stay behind. Reliving his nightmare journey, seeing others drown, Hani struggles with his new life.

Hani’s sister Reena disappears so he begins a dangerous journey to look for her. Fortunately he meets Mia, another runaway, and they both work together to escape their own lives. As they are hunted by traffickers they take trains further north, risk their lives over perilous landscapes and through underground caverns.

I really enjoyed this story and hope others read to understand that other people have difficult journeys through life and we should all have more compassion for others.

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Author photo Alex Nye


Alex Nye is the award-winning author of four novels. She grew up in Norfolk by the sea, but has lived in Scotland since 1995 where she finds much of her inspiration in Scottish history. At the age of 16 she won the W H Smith Young Writers’ Award out of 33,000 entrants, and has been writing ever since. Her first children’s novel, CHILL, won the Royal Mail Award. 
Her fourth book is a historical novel for adults about Mary Queen of Scots. Her fifth title, ARGUING WITH THE DEAD, is another historical novel, this time about Mary Shelley, and explores the chaotic and destructive forces which shaped her.
She divides her time between walking the dog, swimming, scribbling in notebooks in strange places, staring at people without meaning to, and tapping away on her laptop. She also teaches and delivers atmospheric candlelit workshops on creative writing/ghost stories/Scottish history. She studied at King’s College, London more years ago than she cares to remember.  

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