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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
FSG Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780374357337192 Pages, Ages 11-15
Barnes & Noble
Winner, Arab American National Museum Book Award for Children's/YA Literature, among other awards and honors.
"When a war ends it does not go away," my mother says."It hides inside us . . . Just forget!"
But I do not want to do what Mother says . . . I want to remember.
In this groundbreaking memoir set in Ramallah during the aftermath of the 1967 Six-Day War, Ibtisam Barakat captures what it is like to be a child whose world is shattered by war. With candor and courage, she stitches together memories of her childhood: fear and confusion as bombs explode near her home and she is separated from her family; the harshness of
life as a Palestinian refugee; her unexpected joy when she discovers Alef, the first letter of the Arabic alphabet. This is the beginning of her passionate connection to words, and as language becomes her refuge, allowing her to piece together the fragments of her world, it becomes her true home.
Transcending the particulars of politics, this illuminating and timely book provides a telling glimpse into a little-known culture that has become an increasingly important part of the puzzle of world peace.
Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award ML, Arab American National Museum Book Award - Winner, Middle East Book Award - Winner, IRA Notable Books for a Global Society, NYPL Books for the Teen Age, School Library Best Books of the Year, ALA Notable Children's Books, USBBY-CBC Outstanding International Book, NCSS-CBC NotableTrade-Soc.Stdy, Kirkus Reviews Editor's Choice, American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Booklinks Lasting Connection, IRA Children's and Young Adults Book Award, IRA Teachers' Choices, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, USBBY Outstanding International Book, NYPLT Books for the Teen Age, Books for the Teen Age, New York Public Library, IRA Children's Book Award, NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI)
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