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Vanessa Altin

Vanessa Altin has reported widely on the atrocities in Syria and particularly on the swathes of refugees on the Syrian/Turkish border. In 2015, she launched a social media campaign to raise money for the children of a Kurdish refugee camp, many of whom are orphaned and have witnessed unimaginable horror. In just 48 hours she had raised thousands of pounds, which went towards truckloads of clothes, toys, pens and paper, basic items to make the lives of these children more bearable. These children inspired Vanessa to write The Pomegranate Tree. It is time they had a voice.

A percentage of royalties goes to Heyva Sor, the Kurdish Red Crescent.
 

The Pomegranate Tree

It wasn't even a proper diary...no dates or days or even 365 pages. But after this morning I'd be surprised to make it to the end of the week - so seven pages would be plenty.

Thirteen-year-old Dilvan is separated from her family during the siege of her town by “the ratmen” - Isis, in her world. She watches as her mother and sisters are thrown into a truck. Her two-year-old sister is held at knife point when an air strike starts and Dilly is desperate to know her fate.

Through Dilly’s diary, we follow her quest as she joins forces with a heroic Kurdish fighter, a woman called Rehana, and tries to find her family again.

A gripping, illuminating adventure story for the young-adult market.
 

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Blanket Press
Germany Knesebeck