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A Little Piece of Ground

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  433 Ratings  ·  75 Reviews
Children's novel which attracted huge media attention when first published in August 2003.
214 pages
Published August 6th 2004 by Macmillan (first published August 15th 2003)
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asdewi
Buku Elizabeth Laird yang ketiga yang saya baca dan tetep aja : sukaaaaa.
Semua buku dia tuh (sejauh yang saya tahu) cerita-ceritanya humanis dan menyentuh hati.
Sungguh sayang rata-rata buku dia under rated di sini.

Berhubung lagi males (errrr....), maka saya mo kasi cuplikan dari buku ini aja. Semoga cuma cuplikan aja, udah bisa membuat anda tertarik membacanya :).

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Karim duduk di ujung tempat tidur
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Janet
Jul 28, 2008 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For someone who has read The Diary of Anne Frank too many times to count, this was an important book to read. The book follows the lives of a Palestinian family and their friends, told primarily through the eyes of an adolescent young man who aspires to become a professional soccer player, despite curfews that curtail his ability to spend time outside doing much of anything.

If the mark of an educated person is to consider all sides of important issues, we probably need more books like this one--
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Rebecca
Jul 28, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rebecca by: Colin Haakenson
It is difficult to talk about Palestine and Israel with out being polemical. The conversation often falls into policy, politics and history that maintains an impossible place of resolution for many.

Laird paints a picture of occupation that is both relevant and frustrating. Her story holds a human element that often gets lost in ideology and politics.

Laird walks her audience through exhaustive curfews inflicted on Ramallah, Palestinians by the Israelis through Karim, a twelve year old boy protag
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Marcy
Nov 02, 2012 Marcy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a middle school story about Karim, his family, and his friends, all Palestinian, facing the roadblocks and bullets of the Israelis. I have read so many books from the perspective of the Israelis. It is important to remember that there is no single story. When countries and people are at war, the innocent always suffer, by all the countries involved in conflict.

Karim's grandparents' land was taken, olive groves and all. Curfews were a daily part of Ramallah, the small town in Palestine
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Ghada Arafat
May 31, 2012 Ghada Arafat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: palestine
A really great book that made me feel that no matter what my kids will make it in their lives.I wish they will be as strong as Karim. I beleive that parents should read this book to get an idea of how our kids servive here.
Tony
Feb 25, 2015 Tony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up because it's about Palestinians and soccer, both topics I have an interest in. However, I was a little leery of it being a book pitched at teenage readers -- I was worried that it would either be too simplistic, or didactic, or mawkish. Fortunately, it is none of those things -- rather, it is a nuanced story with a Palestinian boy at its center that any reader can relate to.

Karim is a pretty typical 12-year: obsessed with soccer and video games, constantly annoyed by his younge
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S10_Abby
Jul 25, 2010 S10_Abby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-eastern
Protagonist: Karim, 12
Grade Level: 7-10

This book is about Karim, a twelve-year-old Palestinian boy living in Ramallah during the Israeli occupation. Karim’s number one love in life is soccer. When he meets a boy named Hopper he stumbles on the perfect place to create a soccer field – an abandoned lot filled with rubble. Hopper, a boy living in the refugee camp, Karim, and Karim’s best friend Joni (a boy from a Christian family) decide to work on the lot to make it into a soccer field, and more i
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Illyria
Boys will be boys, even in Israel-occupied Ramallah. In the days when Israeli tanks enforced long curfews that keep him cooped up at home with his bullying brother Jamal, his obnoxious sister Farah, piles of homework from school that keeps getting disrupted, and news of skirmishes, death and injuries on TV, Karim dreams of becoming world-class footballer, a successful businessman, and inventor of special acids to destroy the Israeli barbed wire fence.

But, as his uncle Abu Feisal said, in the nig
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Aisha A 140A571
A boy called Karim Abodi made a list of things which he would like to do in his life. The most important thing in this list is to destroy the Israel tanks which block the street and not allowed people to go out. Karim and his family couldn't do anything except sitting at home till the curfew ends. He couldn't play football which is his passion or even see his friends. He has an elder brother who was always annoying him his name was Jamal. Karim was about to go insane because his brother in addit ...more
Sarah S
Mar 13, 2014 Sarah S rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very good book. It is narrated in the eyes of a Palestinian boy. The Israelis have taken over Palestine and have set down curfews. The bot Karim woks on a little piece of ground called Hopper's ground. Karim goes there every day. His parents are worried and interested in where Karim is going and they think that he was being harassed by the Israelis. When the second curfew is set, Karim doesn't make it to his house so he hides out not an abandoned car with no food or water. Karim is sho ...more
carrietracy
I can’t remember the last time I read something that offered me such a different perspective than the one I am used to hearing about. I don’t know this is something typical of most people in the United States due to media coverage, or whether it’s more personal because I know more Jews than Muslims, but the plight of the Palestinians has never really been something I knew very much about. You hear the news reports of bombings, the words West Bank and Gaza Strip, but I personally was ignorant abo ...more
charlotte
This novel is a must to give students first-hand experience about the Israeli-Palestinean conflict. Currently, as a student I felt that the conflict was so foreign to me with it being on basically the other side of the world but to see it from Karim's point of view gave new light to the situation. Elizabeth Laird included a lot of information about the characters and it is easy to identify the changes characters endure during this time. Seeing how denied to basic rights Palestineans are, helped ...more
Little Miz Piggi
May 13, 2008 Little Miz Piggi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ayesha, Rachel, Holly, Enanga
Really good book. I learnt a lot from it and it is sad, funny, and it just makes me tingle when i look at the cover!
Karen
May 04, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very well done young adult novel that shows the difficult life of a young boy living in Palestine. Speaks strongly against the settlement of Israeli on the West Bank. Does show the humanity of some of their soldiers on a few pages, but overall depicts the the situation as horrid. Karim seemed real to me in his desire to play soccer, his friction with brother and parents, and his simplistic view of how to fight the Israeli. After all, he is only twelve! And yet the reader can better understand th ...more
Eli K
Mar 11, 2016 Eli K rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The topic covered by this book, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is a very important and interesting, but it was presented in a very biased way. It over exaggerated the oppression which Palestinians face and it failed to mention to actions by Palestinians that caused a lot of these actions which are portrayed as ‘oppression’. I found it hard to get into this book knowing that this was not so accurate. I also thought that the quality of writing was very poor. I think that there are probably much ...more
Lanier
Dec 28, 2007 Lanier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Teens trying to understand growing up in a war-torn world.
Coming of age short novel about a young Palestinian boy who overcomes the terrors of war through play.
Genevieve
Feb 25, 2009 Genevieve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a novel written from a teen boy's perspective of living in current day Palestine. a must read.
Nicoletta
This book was interesting part of the time. The only really thing that kept me on the edge of my seat was at the end of the book when Jamal saved Karim's life. I liked how Karim was very quiet and didn't get into much trouble in the beginning but by the end he was in a life of death situation.

I liked how the author incorporated many changes to Jamal. In the beginning he was bullying Karim by taking personal items and reading them, but by the end he was saving lives. In the middle, Jamal went thr
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Bastian Hidayat
May 12, 2016 Bastian Hidayat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sepuluh hal terbaik yang aku inginkan dalam hidupku oleh Karim Aboudi, Apartemen Jaffa 15, Ramallah, Palestina.
1. Pemain sepak bola terbaik di dunia
2. Keren, populer, ganteng, dengan tinggi minimal 1,9 meter (yang jelas lebih tinggi dari Jamal)
3. Pembebas Palestina dan pahlawan nasional.
4. Pembawa acara televisi dan aktor terkenal (yang penting terkenal)
5. Pencipta game komputer terbaik sepanjang masa.
6. Jadi diri sendiri, bebas melakukan semua yang aku suka tanpa diawasi terus-terusan oleh oran
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Aidan W.
A Little Piece of Ground was a great book. It is about a young boy named Karim who has a curfew that is on almost all day. It is very hard for Karim to do his favorite thing in the world, play soccer. When the curfew is lifted, Karim and his friends long to play soccer and find the perfect piece of ground to do so. Karim is struggling to survive and get accustomed to his new life. This book was definitely worth reading and if you enjoy reading about restriction then this may be a good book for y ...more
Joe
Mar 11, 2016 Joe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Little Piece of Ground was a great book. It is about a young boy named Karim who has a curfew that is on almost all day. It is very hard for Karim to do his favorite thing in the world, play soccer. When the curfew is lifted, Karim and his friends long to play soccer and find the perfect piece of ground to do so. Karim is struggling to survive and get accustomed to his new life. This book was definitely worth reading and if you enjoy reading about restriction then this may be a good book for y ...more
Cheeky_Monkey
Jul 17, 2012 Cheeky_Monkey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is not a documentary on what is happening in the Middle East, it’s a story of the life of a young boy who just happens to live in Palestine at the time of the occupation. The book focuses just as much on the conflict of the occupation as the conflicts Karim has with his parents, siblings, and friends. The book is not entirely one-sided, even though the protagonist is thoroughly against the Israelis, because of what Abu Feisal tells Karim about the enemy, ‘They are bad, good, moral, imm ...more
Rebecca Owen
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Wendy
Sep 09, 2012 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wendy by: Ghada
Shelves: fiction, middle-east, 2012
This book was hard for me to read. Told from the perspective of a 12-year old Palestinian boy living in Ramallah, life under Occupation is described in a very compelling fashion. I am thankful that my children are not having to grow grow up faced with violence and uncertainty on a daily basis, but I feel so sad to think of all the children who are not so fortunate, and for their parents who are not able to allow their children to enjoy a carefree childhood. When I got this book, I intended to re ...more
Tiwik
Sep 23, 2011 Tiwik rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
10 hal terbaik yang paling diinginkan Karim dalam hidupnya adalah menjadi :
1. Pemain sepak bola terbaik di dunia
2. Keren, popular, ganteng, dengan tinggi minimal 1.90 meter (yang jelas lebih tinggi dari Jamal –kakaknya yang menyebalkan itu!)
3. Pembebas Palestina dan pahlawan nasional
4. Pembawa acara televisi dan actor terkenal (yang penting terkenal!)
5. Pencipta game computer terbaik sepanjang masa
6. Jadi diri sendiri, bebas melakukan semua yang dia suka tanpa diawasi terus-terusan oleh orangtua
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Rahmadiyanti
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Apa arti waktu dua jam bagi kita yang hidup normal (antara jam 6 sore sampai 8 malam)? Mungkin masih di kantor, bekerja dengan nyaman, di rumah tilawah selesai shalat, makan malam, sambil menonton televisi, bercengkerama dengan keluarga, atau mungkin sedang dugem di mal? Sedang membaca, atau sudah tidur, atau mungkin sedang termenung dan berkhayal?

Tapi bagi Karim dan keluarganya, waktu dua jam adalah waktu yang sangat dinanti-nantikan. Saat Karim bisa
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Zafer Toubasi
Oct 08, 2015 Zafer Toubasi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A little piece of ground كتاب جميل جداً يتكون من 240 صفحة من القطع الصغير، ويتحدث عن عائلة وتعاملها مع الصهاينة . هذا الكتاب يستله من اعمار العشرة إلى الثالثة عشر. فإنه في اللغة الانجليزية والكاتبة إليزابيث ليرد بريطانية ذهبت إلى فلسطين للعيش معهم لكتاب قصتها. فتتحدث القصة عن طفل اسمه كريم يريد أن يتعلم ويلعب كرة القدم مع اصدقائه في أرض صغيرة ، ولكن يواجه الكثير من المشاكل مثل المقاطعة واعراضه لطلقة على ركبته ولحسن الحظ ينجو. أنا انصح هذا الكتاب لكل عشاق الكتب.
Ahmad Nijem
Oct 09, 2015 Ahmad Nijem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
- قطعة صغيرة من الأرض.ليرد ،إليزابيث.الناشر: الولايات المتحدة الأمريكيية.السنة:.رقم الكتاب:.عدد الصفحات:.حجم الكتاب:متوسط الحجم.

- ملخص: -

ولد في الثاني عشر من عمره يمثل في القصة معاناة الشعب الفلسطيني، و ضلم الصهاينة لهم، فهم محرومون من أبسط الحقوق وأهمها (الحرية).

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على كل طفل قراءة هذه القصة لكي يدريكون قيمة النعم الكثيرة التي لا يملكها أطفال فلسطين.
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Ethan Barros
Mar 11, 2016 Ethan Barros rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A little piece of ground was a slow book on it’s first impression, but slow and steady always wins the race. A little piece of ground becomes intenstly explosive as it moves forward. The book will be another part of your life so much that you will never be able to put it down. An emotional rollercoaster that will have you happy to depressed. 5 out of 5.
Joe Steward
Jun 23, 2013 Joe Steward rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book follows the lives of a Palestinian family and their friends, told primarily through the eyes of an adolescent young man who aspires to become a professional soccer player, despite curfews in place which seem to deny him the opportunity to spend time outside harnessing his passion for the sport.

This book gives a good insight to say the opposite side, if a class spent time reading the diary of Ann Frank. It gives opportunity for pupils to consider political issues and gives pupils the op
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Laird was born in New Zealand in 1943, the fourth of five children. Her father was a ship's surgeon; both he and Laird's mother were Scottish. In 1945, Laird and her family returned to Britain and she grew up in South London, where she was educated at Croydon High School.
When she was eighteen, Laird started teaching at a school in Malaysia. She decided to continue her adventurous life, even though
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