Where the Streets Had a Name
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I need to see Sitti Zeynab one last time. To know if I will have the courage to go ahead with my plan. The two nurses look frazzled and smile wearily at me. 'We must leave now,' they say in urgent tones. 'I won't be long,' I reassure them and I jump up onto the back of the ambulance. I can smell the air of her village, pure and scented. I can see her village as though it w...more
Paperback, 286 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Pan Macmillan (first published January 1st 2008)
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Steph Bowe
The Middle East is such a rare setting to see in books for teenagers, and I found this to be such an interesting, intelligent and thought-provoking book that also managed to be funny, despite such heavy content. Hayaat was a likeable protagonist, and I really felt as I was reading her need to save her grandmother.

I really enjoyed one of Randa Abdel-Fattah's earlier novels Does My Head Look Big In This?, which I think is a really wonderful book, but it is dramatically different from Where the str...more
I might be a bit biased towards this one, because the story is set in Palestine, and I believe many of us, Muslim or not, have a soft spot for Palestine. Being a children’s book though, this was written in the eyes of 13-year-old Hayaat, and is dotted with humour and childish naivety. I also already love the Arab culture and Arabic language so I now know a few more words like dabka, the folk dance, and ya zalami, which means “oh man”, etc.

But on a serious note, I believe the author’s intention w...more
When I was a child I had a very vague sense of global conflicts in other countries. Because of my Bloom County comics I knew a bit about apartheid in South Africa. Later as a teen I heard The Cranberries sing “Zombie” and eventually learned a bit about the troubles in Northern Ireland. The Israeli/Palestinian conflict, however, had a lousy pop culture PR department. Nowhere in the whole of my childhood did I encounter anything that even remotely explained the problems there. Heck it wasn’t until...more
Huda N.H.
رواية تجمع بين المتناقضات ،، كيف لا و هي تحكي قصة أبطالها على أرض فلسطين الحبيبة التي ترتدي ثوب التناقض كي تستطيع العيش و تعلن للعالم أننا باقون رغم كل شئ
تشويق وكوميديا طريفة يقابله حنين إلى الوطن وصور من الواقع المرير الذي
يعانيه أبناء الوطن
" حياة) بطلة القصة ،، رغم صغر عمرها إلا أنها اسم على مُسمّى فالـ"الحياة)
أذاقتها الكثيـــر ،، و ربما كانت مثالاً ورمزاً للكثير من أطفال شعبنا
ولكن فاجأتني النهاية بحيث شعرتها تقليدية في بداية الأمر ،، و لكن عندما تعمقت بها وجدت (حفلة الزفاف) تحمل معاني ك...more
Bara'a Muhammad
من أروع الروايات التي قرأتها...و هذا أكثر موقف أحببته:

أقول لراغب بعد أن هدأ الجميع وسادت السكينة في السيارة: " هذا الجندي لطيف أليس كذلك"

يقول لي راغب في صوت خفيض: " يذكرني هذا الموقف بقصة قرأتها في طفولتي هل تريدين أن أحكيها يا حياة؟ " عندما رآني اومئ استمر في حكايته: " كان يا ما كان، كان هناك صياد خرج إلى الغابة ليصطاد. وفي الغابة رأى شجرة تمتلئ بالطيور فصوب بندقيته ناحيتها فأصاب الكثيرين، بعض الطيور مات وبعضها أصيب. بدأ الصياد في التقاط الطيور الميتة وقتل الطيور المصابة بسكينه.

و أثناء انهماكه...more
Abdel-Fattah leaves her familiar subject of ethnic Australia, and explores the characters of youths living in a troubled society in the Middle East. However, this story, whilst tragic, is also very funny and uplifting, and celebrates the strength and hope that we can still gain through family, even in the harshest circumstances.
بثينة العيسى
كان ينبغي تحذيري بأنها رواية للمراهقين :)
كانت لطيفة على أي حال.
Hayyat is a Palestinian girl who lives in Bethlehem with her family, including her aging and ailing grandmother. When the grandmother gets sick, she and her best friend, a Christian boy, make a dangerous journey to Jerusalem to find a handful of soil that Hayyat believes will help save her grandmother’s life.
I really liked this book. Hayyat and all of her friends and family are entirely believable and human, with lots of feeling and individuality. The setting might require a map to really unders...more
Hayaat is not your average thirteen year old; she will break laws and risk her life, and all for her ill grandmother.

Hayaat has grown up in Bethlehem but it is not where she was born. She is a Muslin and also a Palestinian, but most importantly she is a girl, a child living under occupation in the West Bank. Her life is a mixture of good days; going to school or skipping it to spend time with her friend Samy, and bad days; being locked in her home during curfew with her family for days on end.

This tale, told pretty much through the eyes and experiences of a 13 year old Palestinian child named Hayaat, is tender, tragic and humorous all at the same time. It seeks to illuminate the issue of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in a gentle and largely non-confrontational way. It is told in simple truths, although the truth is often only on one side of the issue. Still, I would recommend it as a teaching tool in the middle grades so that this side of the issue, rarely covered, is explored mor...more
This book gave me the chills many times as I read it. The middle of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict isn’t the obvious choice for a young adult setting, but through the eyes of her thirteen-year-old protagonist Hayaat, Abdel-Fattah brings a segment of Palestinian culture - the Muslims and Christians of Bethlehem - to life in a tragic, humorous and altogether engaging story.

The mission referred to in the synopsis is a major part of the book but more important is the depiction of Hayaat’s family...more
What a great idea for a book. This is about a Palastinian family living in the West Bank. They have lost their land in Jerusalem and to add insult to injury, they are forbidden to even go there since they are now "green cards". When 13-year-old Hayatt's grandmother is rushed to the hospital, she decides to do something really special for her so she can regain her strength: she will find a way to sneak into Jerusalem and retrieve some soil from her ansestral home. Jerusalmem is only 6 miles away...more
كتب زي دي هي اللي بتخليك عاوز تصرخ جامد أوي
كأن فيه جرح كبير شبه ملتئم جواك
وحد يحطلك فيه شوية ملح

الكتاب ده مفروض انه خفيف و كوميدي زي ما مكتوب عليه
بس ده بالنسبة لواحد مش عربي
ممكن عشان مش هيخليه يحس بالعجز الفظيع ده أو إحساس الذل والهوان

ازاي أبسط حق للإنسان يروح منه بالشكل ده؟؟
و الاخر احنا عنصريين وكارهي السلام وأعداء للسامية وإرهابيين والكلام الأهبل ده
بينما أي حد عنده ذرة تفكير يقدر يقولك مين الظالم ومين صاحب الحق

الكتاب نفسه مستواه جيد ولكن متوسط الجودة
الأسلوب كويس
كان فيه بعض الحاجات...more
Rasha Hassan
استوقفتني الكاتبه عندما نعتت أحمد خطيب جيهان بانه من عرب اسرائيل ,وصفنا ب "عرب اسرائيل" المني حقا اهكذا تنعتوننا؟! بامكانك ان تقولي بدلا من هذا .الوصف انه من فلسطينيو الداخل المحتل
بلا ادنى شك الروايه رائعه جدا بكل تفاصيلها وحبكتها تروي حقا معاناة الفلسطينيين على المعابر بدقه وبوضوح , الجده زينب تلخص فكره كل جد وجده باشتياقهم وحنينهم لبيتهم الذي سلب منهم والى المعاناة التي عانوها بمشاهده بيتهم يهدم , هي معاناة لكل الفلسطينيين .
في اخر الرواية بكيت حقا وخاصة عندما ودعوا جيهان احسست انها نفس قصه و...more
واية تحكي رحلة حياة و صديقها سامي المحفوفة بالمخاطر لإعتقادها بأن حفنة تراب من بلدة جدتها ستشفيها من المرض..

مقطع أعجبني من الرواية..

أقول لراغب بعد أن هدأ الجميع وسادت السكينة في السيارة: " هذا الجندي لطيف أليس كذلك"

يقول لي راغب في صوت خفيض: " يذكرني هذا الموقف بقصة قرأتها في طفولتي هل تريدين أن أحكيها يا حياة؟ " عندما رآني اومئ استمر في حكايته: " كان يا ما كان، كان هناك صياد خرج إلى الغابة ليصطاد. وفي الغابة رأى شجرة تمتلئ بالطيور فصوب بندقيته ناحيتها فأصاب الكثيرين، بعض الطيور مات وبعضها أصيب....more
Never read a political story in a hilarious humerous way - yeah and in Arabic too. I read the Arabic edition which is why I found it interesting, because there are rarely any Arabic books with that sense of humour. I enjoyed Randa Abdel-Fattah's book and I am interested in reading the rest of her books either in Arabic or English whichever comes to my hand first. The story evolves around a scarred Palestinian girl and how she copes with her friend and family the situation they are living in. It...more
This book really took me by surprise! I found the description only mildly intriguing but decided to give it a go anyway and I'm really glad I did. Hayaat's journey to Jerusalem is only a small part of this tale. It's much more to do with family and friends and grief. I thought Hayaat's family was very amusing and felt very real. I enjoyed all of her conversations with her grandmother. I liked how much she grew as a person throughout the book and that we got some more insight into her dad. This b...more
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Mohammad AbuZer
لأنّ أحداث الرواية تدور في بيت لم والقدس كنت سأعطيها نجومًا أكثر، كان من الممكن للراوية ان تأخذ النجوم كاملة لولا بعض الأمور:
أوّلًا- أكثرت الكاتبة بشكل مبالغ فيه جدًا من السياقات البعيدة عن الذوق.

وثانيًا- هنالك بعض الهفوات غير البسيطة -إن جاز الوصف- التي تدل على ضعف وقصور معرفة الكاتبة بفلسطين ولو كان ذلك جزئيًا، مثل:
الأول: في أحد الفصول تذكر أنَّ شخصًا كان ينادي أمام مسجد عمر في وسط بيت لحم للتبرّع بالزكاة من أجل المقاتلين. (هكذا!)
ربّما اختلطت عليها فلسطين بأفغانستان (هذا إذا كانت أفغانستان كذل...more
This is going to sound so silly to people but I was quite bothered by all the mentions of 'farting' in the book. I know I'm persnickety but I just didn't think it continually needed to be mentioned. And I'm pretty sure someone farts and another character takes note of it in every single chapter. On a more serious note, this story moves at a snail's pace. Hayaat doesn't form the idea for heading for Jerusalem until we are more than a few chapters in which I thought was frustrating. What made it m...more
4.5 stars. I received a free copy of this book through the First Reads program, and what a great book it was! Hayaat is a Muslim girl living in the West Bank with her family. One night, her grandmother tells her a story about where she used to live in Jerusalem before being forced to move; although Jerusalem is only 6 miles away from where they live, because of the Wall and checkpoints, they are unable to visit it, and her grandma says she'd like to touch Jerusalem soil before she dies. Hayaat d...more
Sweet on Books
I was inspired to do more research on the West Bank and the Palestinian people after reading this story and hope that young readers will do the same, so that they may draw their own conclusions in this complicated situation. Perhaps, years from now, one of Abdel-Fattah’s young readers will emerge as a future leader, someone with a unique concept to foster peace in this tormented region of the world. Until then, it is essential that we support books like this one, regardless of whether or not we...more
Randa Abdel-Fattah’s Where the Streets Had a Name is an adventurous and humorous tale of two young Palestinians on a secret journey to Israel. In the beginning of the book, the main character Hayaat is at the grocery store with her family during a curfew. Her and her family are trying to obtain all of the items on their list as quickly as they can so they can get back home before the curfew begins again. Fortunately, they succeed but not without forgetting a few things, such as a toothbrush for...more
Paula Weston
One of the hardest things to do in fiction is tackle a complex issue and still deliver an engaging story.

Randa Abdel-Fattah, a Muslim of Palestinian and Egyptian heritage who grew up in Melbourne, has a strong literary track record of tackling the challenging topic of being a teenage girl of Middle Eastern descent in urban Australia.

Her breakthrough first novel, Does my head look big in this?, was a witty and enjoyable story about an Australian-Palestinian Muslim who decides to wear the hijab, a...more
Kholoud Diab
إن كنت فلسطينياً
ستعلم ما معنى أن تعيش بغربة وأنتَ في وطنك
معنى أن يمنعك من سرق منك وطنك من الوصول إلى قريتك
أن تُحرم من تقبيل تراب وطنك أو حتى الحصول عليه
أن يُهدم بيتك أمامك ولا تملك القوة لتمنع حدوث ذلك
أن يفصل بين كل بلد بضع الكيلومترات فقط
ولكن لا يمكنك الوصول إلا بعد المرور بمئات نقاط التفتيش والحواجز
أن يكون جسدك في مكان وقلبك وروحك تنتمي لمكان آخر
معنى أن ترمي الدنيا همومها كلها عليك
وتجعل من المكان الذي أنت توجد فيه جهنم
إلا أنك تقاوم كل ذلك وتبتسم
ورغم كل ذلك فلسطينيتك تمنعك من محو كل ت...more
Hayaat is a teen-aged girl I recognize - more "western" than I expected, but she made the world of permanent refugee status and random curfews available. I suspect that there are characteristics shared by teens regardless of culture.

The simple descriptions of life are what moved me most. Long-anticipated dinner guests forced to stay until a curfew was lifted. The complicated travel to her sister's wedding. The rush to the grocery store to stock up in anticipation of...in my world it might be a...more
اشتريتها لإبراهيم قبل أسابيع قليلة من مكتبة "كان يا ما كان" في مول الاتحاد بدبي*

قرأتها قبل أن أهديه إياها كي أتجنب أسئلته المحرجة وتعليقاته

ولكي أتأكد من سلامتها اللغوية والفكرية على هذا الود النابه

الرواية جميلة جداً، في فكرتها وغايتها، تفاصيلها كثيرة بعض الشي ولكن الوصف الجميل زيّنها وحسّنها وأبعد عنها الملل

تبرز فيها فكرة التسامح مع الأديان والطوائف وتأتي على لسان الطفل لتكون ألطف

أرى فيها موضوعية لا بأس بها وأرى فيها قدراً من الألم والحزن المناسب للأطفال


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Where the Streets Had a Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah (2008)
Juvenile Fiction
Format: Book
Plot summary: 13 year old Hayaat wants to do something special for her dying grandmother, and believes getting a handful of soil from her birth town will help her. However, Hayaat and her grandmother live in the West Bank and Hayaat doesn't have the right papers to get through the many checkpoints to get to Jerusalem.
Considerations or precautions for readers advisory: Sensitive current political events
Review ci...more
بدأ الكتاب جميلا وممتعا وساخرا وحادا ، وحتى مثيرا للضحك بدرجة من الدرجات ، و البطلة الصغيرة حياة وصديقها سامي كانا يزينان الكتاب ويجعلانه حيا جدا ، كان استرسال الكاتبة جيد بل وممتاز ، وهناك فقرات طويلة وحوارات أرى أنها جيدة جدا .

ثم وقع الكتاب بالكليشيه الأبدي لأي شخص يكتب لليافعين في العالم عن فلسطين ، لا بد من الحديث عن " انسانية الاحتلال " و "نشطاء السلام " والخ ، بمرحلة من المراحل بدا أن رندة تتقن اللعبة جيدا وتستطيع أن تقيم حوارا وتقيما وربما رفضا و وعي لما تقدمه ، ولكنه في فصول أخرى كاملة...more
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للوضع الفلسطيني، عشقت بساطتها وعفويتها ~


- إنني لا أشاهد التلفزيون من أجل السياسة لأن السياسة موجودة في كل نفس أتنفّسه. إنها هنا غي هذه الشقّة، في المقاعد الخالية التي ينبغي أن تحوي أولادي، الذين أجبروا علأى التفرّق والتشتت فِي أنحاء العالم. إنّها هنا في أوراق النعناع التي تطفو في قدح الشَاي الموجود إلى جوار فراشي. أوراق النعناع التي ينبغي أن تقتطف من مشتل الزهور الموجود في بيتي، لا أن يتمّ جلبها من متجر " أبو يوسف". إنّها في حبّات الزيتون التي آكلها من شجرة شخص آخر، وتلك البقعة...more
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Randa Abdel-Fattah was born in Sydney in 1979. She is a Muslim of Palestinian and Egyptian heritage. She grew up in Melbourne and attended a Catholic primary school and Islamic secondary college where she obtained an International Baccaularetate. She studied Arts/Law at Melbourne University during which time she was the Media Liaison Officer at the Islamic council of Victoria, a role which afforde...more
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