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Melissa Fleming

A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea

Nonfiction | Biography | Adult | Published in 2017

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A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea

  • Genre: Nonfiction; biography
  • Originally Published: 2017
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile 1040L; grades 9-12; college/adult
  • Structure/Length: 10 chapters plus epilogue; approx. 288 pages; approx. 7 hours, 50 minutes on audio
  • Central Concern: Doaa Al Zamel is just a teenager when she and her family flee as refugees from civil war in her country of Syria; later she must survive a tragic accident when she and her fiancé attempt to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Violence; civil war; death, including that of young children; drowning; xenophobia

Melissa Fleming, Author

  • Bio: Attended Oberlin College as an undergraduate, then earned a master’s degree in broadcast journalism at Boston University; worked in public affairs before serving as spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); presents TED Talks and produces TEDx talks to raise awareness worldwide toward helping refugees
  • Awards: YALSA Alex Award (2018); The Amelia Bloomer Book List (2018)

CENTRAL THEMES connected and noted throughout this Teaching Unit:

  • The Interconnected World
  • The Power of Humanity
  • Finding a Sense of Purpose

STUDY OBJECTIVES: In accomplishing the components of this Unit, students will:

  • Develop an understanding of the geographical and historical contexts regarding Syrian immigration that incite Doaa’s conflict.
  • Analyze paired texts and other brief resources to make connections via the text’s themes of The Interconnected World, The Power of Humanity, and Finding a Sense of Purpose.