Messages from Maryam is a story about friendship, love and the ties that unite and bind us all. Lauren Pichon draws from her own life experiences to create this wonderful book. I cannot recommend highly how important it is for us to share these stories with our grandchildren. When we do this, they will learn that we are all connected regardless of our race or religion.
Messages from Maryam
Messages From Maryam is a story that has been on my heart for a long time. When I began my career as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, I couldn’t wait to meet my Iraqi refugee students whom I had heard so much about!
As the weeks and months passed, I formed a unique bond with my refugee students. Each morning, they would walk by my classroom, peeking inside, calling, “Good morning, miss!” As they acquired more and more English, our knowledge of each other grew. It is this small group of children that inspired Messages From Maryam.
In Messages From Maryam, readers meet Aila and Maryam, two best friends from Mosul, Iraq. When Aila’s father decides it is time for their family to immigrate to the United States, Maryam is left behind to face the hardships in Mosul alone. In Messages From Maryam, the two friends exchange letters, detailing Aila’s stay in a refugee camp, Maryam’s fear of living in Iraq, and, ultimately, their joyous, yet unexpected reunion!
About the author
Lauren Pichon is the author of Messages From Maryam. She works as an English as a Second Language teacher at a school in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Messages From Maryam is loosely based on the real-life experiences of her students. When she is not teaching or writing, Lauren enjoys traveling, hiking, ceramics, and spending time with her family and friends.
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