**TIME magazine “10 Best YA and Children’s Books of 2019” selection** **New York Public Library’s Best Books for Kids 2019 selection** **Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Books 2019 selection**
In an unforgettable story that subtly addresses the refugee crisis, a young girl must decide if friendship means giving up the one item that brings her comfort during a time of utter uncertainty.
Lubna’s best friend is a pebble. Pebble always listens to her stories. Pebble always smiles when she feels scared. But when a lost little boy arrives in the World of Tents, Lubna realizes that he needs Pebble even more than she does.
This emotionally stirring and stunningly illustrated picture book explores one girl’s powerful act of friendship in the midst of an unknown situation.
“A timely story of displacement, loss, friendship and kindness—universal messages with timeless appeal.”—Booklist, starred review “The larger-than-life, almost dreamy illustrations show readers what Lubna sees and feels, and the rawness of both text and images penetrates the heart. . . . A true celebration of the endless creativity and resilience of children.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Spacious, soaring spreads by Egnéus add flashes of imaginative escape to the poignant story by Meddour. . . . The story addresses a difficult subject but stays focused on hope.”—Publishers Weekly
“Meddour’s short, simple sentences pack an emotional punch. . . . This tender, understated story honors the emotional resilience of young people.”—Horn Book “A truly important story about the refugee crisis and the power of friendship. Highly recommended.”—School Library Journal