Where The Streets Had A Name

Where the Streets Had a NameThirteen-year-old Palestinian Hayaat and her family have been uprooted from their home and are living behind the Israeli-built Separation Wall in Bethlehem on the occupied West Bank. She and her soccer-loving, Christian friend Sami decide to journey across the wall to Jerusalem, with an empty hummus jar, to get a handful of soil from her ailing grandmother’s beloved ancestral home. It is only a few miles, but checkpoints, curfews, barriers, and the permit system make crossing the border dangerous. They encounter armed soldiers, an Israeli peace activist couple, fellow travelers, and a young boy who needs a friend. Humor and a loving family keep the story light despite the violence, anguish, and suspense in the realistic 2004 war zone setting. This fascinating and heart-breaking story does end on a hopeful note.   A Glossary enhances the understanding of Arabic words used throughout the novel, which was written by the acclaimed author of the young adult novel Does My Head Look Big in This? mjw
Title: Where The Streets Had A Name
Author: Randa Abdel-Fattah
: Scholastic Press, New York
: 2010
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: Pan Macmillan, Australia
Original Copyright
: 2008
: 978-0-545-17292-9
Hardcover pages
: 313
Age range
: 10-13
: Fiction
Book setting
: Jerusalem, Israel.  Bethlehem, West Bank, Palestine
Author’s ethnicity
: Palestinian and Egyptian heritage
Author’s residence
: Sydney, Australia
: 2011 Middle East Outreach Council Youth Literature Award
: Arab-Israeli conflict, Grandmothers, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Palestinian Arabs

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