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Oranges in No Man's Land

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  473 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews

Oranges in No Man's Land brings Elizabeth Laird's emotional and gripping adventure to her next generation of fans.

Since her father left Lebanon to find work and her mother tragically died in a shell attack, ten-year-old Ayesha has been living in the bomb-ravaged city of Beirut with her granny and her two younger brothers. The city has been torn in half by civil war and a

Paperback, 116 pages
Published 2006 by MacMillan Children's Books
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This story is about a little girl, Ayesha, who dares to venture through a war zone in Beirut to fetch medicine for her sick grandmother. The larger picture, however, is a disturbing view of civil war in Lebanon, of ordinary people whose lives are disrupted, impoverished and left homeless and hungry. Laird makes it clear that it's governments that are behind this, and not the ordinary people, who just want to be left in peace to work, play, and go to school. I can't imagine growing up under such ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a very interesting book and you should a part two
Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: from-school
This was a very short book which I read in less than an hour. I really enjoyed the story, although the plot is similar to other war books.
Adrian Dahlquist
Mar 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Oranges In No Man’s Land by Elizabeth laird is a personal account told by the main character ten year old Ayesha. as told by Ayesha, the story begins two weeks after an air raid and civilians were forced to leaver their homes in search if refuge. That day, Ayesha, her brothers, and her granny fled their home minutes before it was destroyed by a bomb. Sadly, Ayesha’s mother did not make it out in time. With their mother dead and their father out of the country in search of jobs, Ayesha and her br ...more
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Today made a quick stop off in the Lebanon.

This is a book for teens about a young ten year old girl who crosses the Green Line (which separates North Lebanon from the South) and ventures into a war zone to find medication for her grandma. It shows how she ends up living in a flat with her gran and lots of other refugees after her father leaves to search for work and her mother is killed. It sounds how he lives of ordinary people are changed when civil war occurs. They all just want to get on wit
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Set in the war-torn streets of Beirut, Oranges In No Man's Land is, despite a seemingly dark, depressing and melancholy story, actually of an overwhelmingly optimistic nature and, as Ayesha jumps about like a young leveret, you are taught the valuable lesson of compassion, however lacking in depth the thinly sketched story actually is. The writing is perfect for the age group, dealing with the indescribably sorrowful hardships of war with a cheery tone, and it is not too scary for the younger on ...more
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is so good I have read it about 10 million times as it is very emotional and amazing.There is no age to this book as everyone will understand the story
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-and-youth, 2015
This is a quick read about Ayesha who runs through war-torn Beirut to get medicine for her grandmother. It's a good story set in an area we read very little about.
Anna Kerman
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous book, thoroughly enjoyed it!
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book!
E L E A N O R (bookishcourtier)
I don't really want to rate this book, because I don't think it necessarily had anything wrong with it. It is short and sweet, but I found it forgettable and a genre I find predictable.

I just feel like I've read it all before. It feels like any other classic war time story. Not to mention it's very short. It doesn't really even need to be a separate book by itself - it could almost be in a collection of short stories. The plot line is VERY straight forward, but that isn't necessarily bad, bec
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
‘What were they all fighting for?...sometimes I wonder if the fighters themselves knew what they were doing’

Oranges In No Man’s Land follows 10 year old Ayesha as she encounters the realities of war in Beirut, Lebanon. The bravery (or naive and bullheaded determination) she shows in order to save her remaining family is inspiring, terrifying and yet somehow typical of Primary school age children. I enjoyed reading Laird as a child because I felt that she understood the core thoughts and feelings
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
The story weaves through one day in the life of little Ayesha who is stuck in a war-torn Beirut. Ayesha is exceptional in her courage, her fortitude, her dedication and love for her grandmother, and her grit and determination to do what feels right to her. She disregards all the foreseeable danger that lurks and looms large at every step; danger which is nothing less than death or perhaps, even worse than death. 'What could be worse than death?' you might ask. For that, you will have to imagine ...more
Miina Saarna
Another book I read to see if it's suitable for my fifth graders. The book itself was okay, very short and straightforward, none of the characters were really developed, it was more like a description of different events, very little dialogue. However, I still think it will be a good read-aloud book for my students as it will definitely start many discussions around refugees, war, and its effects.
ISL G5 Readers
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
The following link contains the individual reviews of 27 grade 5 students at our school. We have mixed opinions about the book, but the majority thoroughly enjoyed it. Various opinions are represented in the evaluations linked below.
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is a very classic yet inspirational novel that teaches younger kids to always look for another way, a better solution to fix a problem. We follow the life of a young girl who learns compassion and that family matter most. But above all, to never give up hope. Because even in your darkest days there will always be a little light
Clare Butler
Nov 19, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a really interesting read. I had never thought about life in war-torn Beirut before. I felt some of the characters could have done with a bit more development
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Heart-breaking story which impossible to hold emotions during the reading. I wish no one can be on the same situation ever.
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good book
Helen Tynan
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mature Year 5 age minimum
Short and simple, this book gives us a glimpse into the life of a young girl living in a war zone, and gently reminds us of the importance of tolerance versus hatred.
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An accessible book for upper elementary.
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vom
when will i be able to read books from this website 5 miutes or i will logout and never use this website again
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book introduces children to what living in a war might be like, without being overwhelming or too scary. As another reader noted, it celebrates human compassion, and shows people who were able to look beyond their divide to help each other. Someone noted that the girl has to cross the Green Line - it is the imaginary line that very definitely divided East and West Beirut during their 17 year civil war. I read it aloud to my 8 and 10 year old children - my 8 year old (who doesn't like scary ...more
Eriel Kiersten
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, favorites
Ayesha was out with her Grandma and his brothers when a shell crashed into their house that left them mother-less, penniless and homeless. After that began a search for somewhere to stay for awhile. Latif, her younger brother spotted a flat, an old abandoned one that now holds refugees. They settled there comfortably with the help of Mrs Zainab. One day, her Grandma began looking pale and almost lifeless only to find out she ran out of medicines. There was one thing she was left to do, she had t ...more
Georgia (The Bibliomaniac Book Blog)
maybe a reason I didn't enjoy this much was because of the length and the target age range for this book. It didn't really have much depth to it, or character backgrounds, or plot twists. There wasn't much emotion conveyed in the writing, either: i expected parts to bring tears to my eyes as this was semi-autobiographical for the author. It was just like: they live in a flat and the gran runs out of medicine and Ayesha goes to get medicine and comes back the end. I would have liked it to be long ...more
Mti Librarian
I read this little book in one sitting. Even though it is set in war-torn Beirut and has bad things in it, overall I mentally call it an optimistic book because it celebrates human kindness and compassion. Ayesha, her younger brothers, and grandmother live a very hand-to-mouth existance as refugees in Beirut after their shanty is bombed. They find shelter with lots of other squatters in a formerly fancy war damaged apartment. Ayesha's best friend Samar is deaf and doesn't speak, but they learn t ...more
Gail Thompson
A charming tale of bravery and determination. A ten year old girl risks all to save her gravely ill grandmother by a mad dash through no man's land in the middle of a civil war.This book is written from the children's perspective allowing you to see the dangers that the vulnerable face in war time. It also highlights that they suffer whilst not understanding or being part of the cause of the conflict. There is often statements from the elderly characters that they hope both sides can be friends ...more
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a super-quick review for a super quick read. Book is for ages 9 and up. I'm a fan of Laird's work just because her books bring so much needed diversity to our collections. And, she knows how to hook a YA audience, complete her story arcs and throw in some masterful characterization. I really love this particular book. It worked backwards a little bit. I cried at the beginning, but I was happy at the end. Ayesha, a 10-year-old refugee living in Beirut during the war, takes a dangerous tri ...more
Varsha Seshan
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I barely know where Beirut is on the map. I know I'd have to hunt at least a bit to find it. How does that matter? A story, well-told, transcends time and space. The story is simple. But everything reaches out and touches your heart. How times of distress bring people who are so different together - just for a moment in time. And then, life (and hopefully peace) prevails.
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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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“I often remember that dusty, ruined flat in old Beirut. And I know that a little part of me will stay there forever, laying out those treasures on the windowsill and playing at cat’s cradle with my friend.” 1 likes
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