At once harrowing and heartwarming, Walk in My Shoes follows 16-year-old heroine Gulnessa, as her family flees the devastation of war-torn Aghanistan only to find themselves trapped in an Australian detention center for illegal immigrants. Author Alwyn Evans addresses a litany of heady issues - including war, human trafficking, religious persecution, racism, culture shock, and political asylum - while nevertheless rendering Gulnessa as a typical adolescent, fancifully doting on her secret crush or musing over future career goals. Actress Kellie Jones bequeaths Gulnessa a fitting teenage tone, imbuing the young heroine with playful rambunctiousness, naïve insecurity, and dreamy desires for her life ahead. Throughout the proceedings, Jones proves herself a masterful role player, as she delivers delightful accents, dialects, and dialogue sequences.
After a perilous and terrifying escape from war-torn Afghanistan, Gulnessa and her family find themselves in Australia, a place they know nothing about. They are exhausted and traumatized, but so full of hope. But their struggle isn't over yet.
They are confined in a detention centre for asylum seekers, and forced to prove their refugee status. As days drag into weeks and months, Gulnessa is determined to stay strong. She cannot give up hope for a second chance at life, and the opportunity to build a future in a new land.
©2004 Alwyn Evans; (P)2005 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
"This sound recording of the remarkable text is an interesting way to encourage students to visualize the text, and indeed, walk in narrator Gulnessa's shoes. Kellie Jones is to be commended for keeping the quality of the narration at a high standard throughout all eleven discs. Walk in My Shoes is a rather long novel and this Bolinda audio version makes it more accessible to those who would not choose to read such a lengthy novel." (Fiction Focus)
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