A Story Like the Wind

A beautifully illustrated story of freedom, music, and seeking refuge.

Author Gill Lewis and Illustrator Jo Weaver

Suitable for:  9+

Price:  £8.99

ISBN: 978-0-19-275895-8
Publication date: 04/05/2017
Hardback: 80 pages

Also available as an ebook
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In a small boat spinning out on the sea sits a group of refugees, fleeing their war-stricken homes. They have nothing - except their memories, their stories, and their music. In this very special, lyrical fable, beautifully illustrated by Jo Weaver, Gill Lewis weaves an unforgettable tale of displacement, hope, and the search for freedom.


  • Gill Lewis is the multi-award-winning and best-selling author of novels such as Sky Hawk, White Dolphin, and Scarlet Ibis.
  • An emotional, lyrical response to the refugee crisis, this is an empathy-building read.
  • An unforgettably emotional story which will linger on in the mind long after reading.
  • Beautiful charcoal illustrations from Jo Weaver give this book a very special feel and make it a perfect gift.

This page was last updated on 03 February 2023 at 04:30 GMT


  • "Lewis writes a powerful story, an intelligent conversation between myth and crude reality that wakes you up with a cold splash" - picked as the Times Book of the Week - The Saturday Times
  • "Resonant, compassionate and enriched by evocative monochrome images" - The Sunday Times
  • "We need stories to help children develop empathy for others, because it is our only hope to develop a caring a tolerant society of the future" - The Bookseller
  • "The illustrations are haunting and perfectly compliment the text ... It eloquently celebrates our common humanity and nurtures the values of kindness, compassion and tolerance ... Absolutely beautiful in both appearance and content and highly recommended." - The Book Bag
  • "This affecting book deserves to be shared widely and discussed anywhere people come together in groups" - Red Reading Hub
  • "A Story Like the Wind is utterly beautiful; the words and illustrations perfectly intertwining to create a celebration of love, life and hope" - The Book Activist
  • "Gill Lewis weaves an unforgettable tale of displacement, hope, and the search for freedom" - The Guardian
  • "A wonderful tribute to the importance of stories and hope" - The Week Junior
  • "Gill Lewis’s brief but beautiful story is rich in wonder, as well as being a timely reminder of the refugee crisis that continues today" - BookTrust
  • "A moving and surprising tale about a storytelling session" - Picked as one of the Children's books of the year - the Times
  • ""This year saw an influx of stories about migration. Among the best was Gill Lewis's A Story Like the Wind" - The Daily Telegraph
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