The special team elite

Soseh Yekanians, Lyndall Adams (Illustrator)

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The Special Team Elite is an endearing story that deals with the adolescent themes of bullying, racial discrimination and ultimately appreciation of individualism in a world that, at times, is unforgiving of ‘the other’. The story follows Siran, a young girl who is faced with the struggles of loving her individual qualities or conforming to the pressures placed upon her by others. Whilst on this journey of self-discovery, Siran finds a unique camaraderie with Soraya, who is a recently arrived refugee from Afghanistan, and Sinéad, who is a feisty red-head from Ireland. All three young girls instantly develop a unique bond through commonality of their differences and eventually embark on a lifelong friendship.

The Special Team Elite is a unique contribution to children’s literature as it explores themes of migration, acceptance and bullying through the eyes of an Armenian-Australian female and how such discriminations can be overcome through a deeper understanding and appreciation of self.

Likewise, its significance lies within the cultural narrative, which reflects the real-life experiences of writer Dr Soseh Yekanians, who struggled to find her own identity and sense of belonging as a young Armenian immigrant in Australia. The question for her being: what is the ‘ideal norm’? Since its publication in late July 2018, The Special Team Elite has been sold worldwide in counties such as the United Kingdom, The United Sates, New Zealand and Australia.
Original languageEnglish
Type23 pages
Media of outputBook
PublisherAustin Macauley Publishers
Number of pages23
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
ISBN (Print)9781788234245, 9781788234238
ISBN (Electronic)9781788234252
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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