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Butterfly: From Refugee to Olympian - My Story of Rescue, Hope, and Triumph (International Edition) Hardcover – 22 May 2018

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan USA (22 May 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250184401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250184405
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 2.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,535,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"War, for all its atrocities, is punctuated by instances of unfathomable human spirit and grace. Olympic swimmer Yusra Mardini's story is a prime example. Butterfly recounts this Syrian refugee's extraordinary tale of bravery, survival, and winsome, never-give-up moxie. It is impossible not to be won over by Yusra, who once swam for her life at sea and is now fighting for the dignity and wellbeing of countless refugees like her whose lives have been upturned by war."--Khaled Hosseini, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns

"[Mardini] offers an exceedingly rare window into middle-class girlhood in the middle of one of the most destructive wars of our time, and an even rarer start-to-finish account of the arduous migrant journey into Europe." --The New York Times

"Butterfly is a powerful story of survival, inspiration, and hope with a resounding message: no one chooses to be a refugee; rather, horrific circumstances force ordinary people to take extraordinary measures to save themselves. This unforgettable memoir shines a spotlight on the refugee experience and the role sports can play in giving a voice to those affected by conflict throughout the world."--Booklist (starred review)

"The extraordinary tale of a Syrian woman's journey from her war-torn country all the way to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil... moving, action-packed...a rousing, exciting true story of remarkable resilience." - Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Yusra Mardini is an Olympic swimmer and a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. She competed in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as a member of the Refugee Olympic Athletes Team. Mardini is from Damascus, Syria.


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