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Authors: Sheila Hollins, Valerie Sinason and Access All Areas artists
Illustrated by Lucy Bergonzi
Page Count: 59
Kali is lonely. She has no real friends and no reason to leave the house to socialise; community activities seem remote and pointless to her. Outside her home, Kali defends herself with a mask of hostility, hiding her true feelings. But when things go wrong, Kali finds herself in a position to help Stefan, another vulnerable and isolated person. In the aftermath, they forge a friendship and find themselves in the centre of a community where they feel they belong.
Belonging addresses commonly experienced feelings of isolation, and the struggle to find a place within the community. For some it is an engaging story about two people who form a friendship following a dramatic event. Others will be able to identify with the more complex, troubling emotions and barriers Kali and Stefan experience, and the ways that they help each other to open up and feel safe.