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Where The Streets Had A Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah
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Apr 05, 2011

it was amazing
Read from April 04 to 05, 2011

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, but for Hayatt and her friend Samy, it seems like a far-away and forbidden country, and seems that difficult to penetrate. They face soliders with machine guns, flying checkpoints, The Wall, and more. For these West Bankers, this is a way of life. Hayatt likens her life to being confined to an open-air prision. Along the way she meets people with all kinds of opinions on the situation in Israel, even two Israeli's fighting for peace between the people. Finally we find out what happened to Hayatt, and it is a poiniant moment. I love when I find a book like this that really has the potential to make an impact on people. A great middle-age novel, and great for adults as well.
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