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Where The Streets Had A Name Hardcover – November 1, 2010
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Thirteen year old Hayaat is on a mission. She believes a handful of soil from her grandmother's ancestral home in Jerusalem will save her beloved Sitti Zeynab's life. The only problem is that Hayaat and her family live behind the impenetrable wall that divides the West Bank, and they're on the wrong side of check points, curfews, and the travel permit system. Plus, Hayaat's best friend Samy always manages to attract trouble. But luck is on the pair's side as they undertake the journey to Jerusalem from the Palestinian Territories when Hayaat and Samy have a curfew-free day to travel.
- Format: Hardcover
- Publication Date: 11/1/2010
- Pages: 320
- Reading Level: Age 8 and Up
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It is also the story of a Hayaat, 13 year old girl who wants to travel to Jerusalem to fulfil her grandmother's dearest wish. It is on this day long trip that we experience the hope for a positive future. Throughout the day, Muslims, Christians and Jews together having peaceful conversation, helping each other even at cost to themselves.
Hayaat may young, but she has suffered much due to the strife in the West Bank of Bethlehem. While this has made growing up difficult, it has played a major role in helping to shape the woman she is becoming.
I listened with rapt attention to this story. A family of seven living in a small apartment. While I couldn't imagine sharing a bedroom with my grandmother as well as siblings, I did envy the closeness that it brought them. In our western society, it is more unusual for grandchildren to have such closeness with grandparents and I feel that is a shame.
Before reading this novel, I knew nothing about Palestine and the West Bank. It has made me want to learn more. This would be a good book for parents to rad and discuss with their children.
Kellie Jones did an excellent job reading the audio version. Her use of accents and Arabic words brought the characters to life. The written descriptions combined with the dramatic voicing left me feeling that I had truly stood on the hillside looking toward their ancestral home and feeling the wind that was blowing through the olive trees.
This is a five star book and I encourage you to find either a paper copy or the audio, read it and learn about a culture other than your own.
The two main characters are school friends, a boy and a girl. Muslim girl and Christian boy. The young girl a child of Palestinian refugees who were forced to give up their land and relocated to the west bank. Her grandmother becomes ill and they decide that to help cure her they will travel to her home village and take some soil to remind her of her former life.
Well nice idea were it not for the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands. Let me be clear the author does not go over the top, there is no "Us Vs them" There is no real finger pointing rather she lest the story flow. Both Palestinian people struggling to go about their daily lives and Israeli soldiers are given a human face, some good some bad. The book is written from the view point of children and while much of their childhood innocence has been shattered by the harsh conditions they are forced to live in (One has been badly scarred during a protest) They still maintain much of their childhood (I liked the part where they met a young lad who concocted a story he was training with an English football coach and planned to go to Europe to play professionally)
All in all I enjoyed this book and this is the second I have read from this author (The other does my head look big in this) I would recommend this to anyone. You dont need to take sides or even have any particular knowledge of the Middle East conflict but rather just want to read an entertaining and somewhat educating book.
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