- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 6 and up
- Hardcover: 222 pages
- Publisher: Groundwood Books; First Edition edition (September 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 088899902X
- ISBN-13: 978-0888999023
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,847,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Shepherd's Granddaughter Hardcover – September 1, 2008
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5–8—Palestinian teen Amani tends her extended Muslim family's sheep alongside her beloved grandfather, Seedo, and helps tend their vineyards and olive groves. When their quiet rural life is disturbed by Israeli settlers encroaching on their land, Amani's uncle reacts with anger, while her father tries to resist peacefully with the help of a sympathetic rabbi. After Seedo dies, Amani has sole responsibility for the diminishing flock and experiences physical threat and gunfire from the settlers as well as friendship with their son, who just wants to return to New York. The tension escalates until Amani's family compound is destroyed, and her father and uncle are imprisoned. Carter strikes a splendid balance in character development, portraying both parties' flaws while demonstrating Palestinian sympathies. Background and cultural information are seamlessly woven into the narrative, which is written simply and clearly in a skillful depiction of a sensitive situation.—Joyce Adams Burner, formerly at Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS
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Top Customer Reviews
In this book, we meet Amani, who wants nothing more than to be a shepherd like her grandfather. Throughout this entire book, the story tells of how the Jewish settlers keep invading in the land that her ancestors have lived upon for hundreds of years. Not only that, the story also shows how her uncle and even her father got arrested for nothing more than being in the wrong place at the wrong time. There is anger being stirred up especially towards the end, but Amani and her family find encouragement and support from the least likely supporters that she would have never imagined.
It is an insightful book and so very beautifully written. It is a moving account of a story told from a young child's eyes. If nothing else, this book will at least open your eyes to the fact that there are two sides to every conflict.
I was easily caught up in this story and felt I had lived through parts of it myself. The writing made it easy to sympathize with the shepherd's family, but I felt wasn't overly cruel to the Israeli side, though they were clearly the "bad guys" in this story. Yes, many bad things happened because of the way the Israelis treated her family, but the inclusion of an Israeli "friend" for the girl tries to soften things a bit and succeeds where it needs to, I think. Their time together, short as it is, is proof that not every person in one group is incapable of thinking of the consequences of the group's actions and how they hurt people on the "other side."
This book for middle school aged readers is an excellent look at character and recent history that we should not ignore.