But aid workers take him to London, to a new family and a comprehensive school. Clan and tribal conflicts are everywhere, and on the streets it's estate versus estate, urban tribe against urban tribe.
All Kaninda wants it to get back to his own war and take revenge on his enemies. But together with Laura Rose, the daughter of his new family, he is drawn into a dangerous local conflict that is spiraling out of control.
In this thrilling book Bernard Ashley skillfully interweaves Charlie's story and that of his father in Trajanov into a complex multi-layered narrative which sensitively explores the effects of urban terrorism on young people today.
Yield or fight?
When tragedy strikes Freddie's family, he and his soldier brother must go on the run, battling for their survival.
Jump or burn?
Without a parachute, that's the choice Ernst knows he will face if his Zeppelin is shot down.
Bravery takes different forms. How far would you go to stand up for what's right?
Shortlisted for the Sheffield Children's Book Award and the Angus Award.