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Idriss and his Marble

When war threatens their home, Idriss and his mother must flee. He clutches his lucky charm—a single marble—throughout their journey, walking over hazardous terrain, crawling under barbed wire, and sailing on a fragile little boat. Will the marble's luck help them avoid capture and bring them to the safety of a new world? A heartfelt tale exploring the perilous path refugees often walk to find a new home and the hope it takes to get them there.

René Gouichoux is a teacher and lives in Brittany, France. He wrote his first children's book in 1988 and has since written nearly 70 books.


Zaü published his first illustrated book in 1966 and has since illustrated many books for children. In 2011, he received the Grand Prix of Illustration for his work on Mandela, l'Africain Multicolore. He lives in France.