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The Shepherd's Granddaughter by Anne Laurel Carter
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Aug 20, 2011

I wanted to read this book ever since hearing the controversy about its inclusion in the curriculum for grade 7 & 8 students in Toronto schools. There was an attempt to ban it, but the school board decided not to. I found the book a quick read, and while it certainly presented the viewpoint of the Palestinians, I did not feel it demonized Israelis. I also did not feel it advocated violence, though there are characters in the book who feel that is the only way to protest the Israeli policies. I think it's entirely appropriate to have teenagers read this book and think about what is going on, in balance with other points of view.


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