After Tomorrow by Gillian Cross

Life in England has become very difficult. Further bank collapses have resulted in job losses, severe food shortages and violence. Matthew’s family struggles to survive but as things become more dangerous his mother decides that they have no option but to escape to France. Except France is struggling too and isn’t keen to welcome the ever increasing stream of refugees…

A simple but effective story: what happens when society as you know it breaks down? I don’t think I’ll ever look at TV footage of refugee camps in war torn places around the world in the same way again. How quickly a person can see their life change: from living in a house, going to school, feeling safe and having food to having next to nothing. Matthew’s family find themselves split up, penniless, hungry and living in a tent in a field. How many families suffer this around the world?

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