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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  298 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
Amani longs to be a shepherd like her beloved grandfather Sido, who has tended his flock for generations, grazing sheep on their family's homestead near Hebron. Amani loves Sido's many stories, especially one about a secret meadow called the Firdoos. But as outside forces begin to encroach upon this hotly contested land, Amani struggles to find suitable grazing for her fam ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Groundwood Books (first published August 5th 2008)
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I consider myself a politically moderate person. I do not consider myself an intolerant anti-Semitic bigot. I definitely do not believe in excessive violence as a problem-solving tool. I've attended three bat mitzvahs in my life. I like Jews. I'm saying all of this so that you can fully understand the implications of the statement I'm about to make:

Reading this book made me want to go to Palestine and kill Israelis.

For those fine patriots reading this review and getting ready to break down my d
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Apr 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, ya, fiction
If you needed any more proof that banning - or trying to ban - a book will cause more people to read it than before, I am it. I first heard of this book just a few weeks ago, when it became a suddenly controversial issue in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and in the news. It is a book promoted by the Canadian Library Association and in grade 7 & 8 curriculum, but came under fire for being biased against Jews. Thankfully, it wasn't banned in the TDSB (or anywhere). But the furore cer ...more
Oct 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is an important book that should be read by everyone because it brings Palestine to life through Amani's world. It is good book on its own, but I read "The Boy who Dared" at the same time and the experience made it even more powerful.

Helmuth spoke out against what a majority of people now believe was an evil regime, Hitler and the Nazis. This makes him a freedom fighter, a hero. As I read of Amani's life, I began to question my own government's support of Israel, a country that exists large
Mar 12, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Students of propaganda and other forms of manipulation
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict isn't as simple as made out in this one-sided story. The author has taken every bad thing ever done by any settler, made up a few more, and inflicted them all on the hapless heroine and her family.

In real life, the Israelis haven't built a new settlement in ten years. The govt in the area where this family lives (near hebron) is the Palestinian Authority.

If settlers were encroaching on their lands, the Palestinians would have appealed to the Israeli courts (whi
Teri Weaver
Feb 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mid-east-jewish
This author expertly crafts a story that juxtapositions the ancient with the modern, the shepherd and the cell phone. Amani, known as “sheep girl” to some, is a young girl who desires to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a shepherd. This is more difficult that she imagined because Israelis occupy the land and are turning it into settlements. Living in a world of her ancestors’, Amani practices the traditional, Muslim law. The muezzin alerts the prayer times and her family responds. She is ...more
Apr 06, 2010 rated it did not like it
Nonsense. Pure nonsense. If I could give this book not a single star, believe me, I would. If an author is going to select to write about such a complex, intricate topic, she should be sure that she actually puts in some research and doesn't fill the story with imagined nonsense just to provoke some emotion from the reader. Stories this biased and untrue should not even be permitted to possess a space on a library shelf as they have the ability to give readers completely false ideas and instigat ...more
Steve Cran
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Palestinian life under Israeli occupation. Seedo the grandfaather in a Palestinian extended family thaat has has had afamily shepherd for thoousands of years passes on thee responsibility to his granddaughter even over the objections of the rest of thee faamily member. Amani is the young girl who chooses shepherding over school. She enjoyes sheperding until something traumatic happens Israeli settler from AMerica take part of her land for settlement building. It becomes unsafe for her to take th ...more
C.E. G
Jul 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Considering the topic is one of the most hot button political issues in North America, I'm not at all surprised that people have tried to ban this book from school libraries. But as with many book challenges, it sounds like many of the challengers haven't actually read it. If they had (with an open mind), they would see that it's a balanced exploration of the Palestinian side, and that the story calls for nonviolent responses to the complicated conflict. This interview gives a little more inform ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
اسم الكتاب: حفيدة الراعي
اسم الكاتب: آن لوريل كارتر
عدد الصفحات: 219
دار النشر: كلمات
التقييم: 4/5

تدور أحداث هذه الرواية في فلسطين المحتلة، وتتناول قضية تأثير الإحتلال على الفلسطينين ..

"أماني" حفيدة الراعي كانت تتمنى أن تكون راعية مثل جدها، وبالفعل تمكنت من تخطي عقبات رغبة أهلها بالدراسة لتكون راعية، ولكن لم تكن رغبة أهلها هي العقبة الصعبة بل وجود الاحتلال والمستوطنين الذين يريدون أن يسرقوا أرضهم وماءهم وترابهم، فما هو مصير أماني وما هو مصير حلمها بأن تكون راعية؟
May 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those who are against Censorship
Shelves: 2010-reads
When I finished this book I couldn't for the life of me understand why anyone would want to remove it from libraries. This book does not make Israeli's out to be evil people, but it does bring to light some of the issues that Palestinian's live with on a daily basis. I feel that this book is important because it gives notice to both sides of the story and portrays each side in favorable and unfavorable lights. Yes, Israeli's are portrayed, at times, as tyrants pushing their way into the lands oc ...more
Farwa Khtana
The Shepherd's Granddaughter is a story I can connect with at the spiritual level. Amani's experiences of having her father and uncle arrested by Israeli soldiers, of having her grandfather's land stolen from her and her family, and of having her home demolished in front of her own eyes, are not merely just her experiences, but the experiences of hundreds and thousands of Palestinians like herself.

Palestinians have been suffering for over 50 years under Israel's military occupation while the re
Megan Geissler
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is intense. Follows the point of view of a young Arab girl in the occupied West Bank as she grows up tending to her family's sheep and deals with various changes and loss. The depiction of the Palestinian experience is very vivid and mirrors a documentary in its detail. She becomes more perceptive of the world around as she grows, becoming acutely aware that her family's physical space is shrinking due to illegal settlements. The author conveys Amani's confusion and pain and anger conv ...more
Melissa Sommer
This book tells the story of a Palestine girl, Amani, who lives with her family. Amani's family has a vineyard, olive grove, and a herd of sheep. The shepheards grandfather, Seedo, teaches Amani while she is being homeschooled. However, trouble breaks lose when Seedo dies and terrible things start happening to the farm, where Amani and her family are living. I thought this book started off slow, but then once I got into it I couldn't put it down. It had a lot of information about the Palestine a ...more
رومولا الن
أماني تلك الفتاة التي كان اقصى احلامها انت تكون راعية مثل جدها

يتحقق حلمها لكن يد الاحتلال الاسرائيلي في فلسطين لا يتركها بحالها

تأتي الجرافات لبناء مستوطنه على أرضهم التي ورثوها من اجدادها
وهنا يبدأ الظلم الذي يمارس على كل الفلسطنيين في بلدها فيبدؤون اليهود بمحاولة طردهم من بلادهم بحجه انهم ارهابيون...!

يالا الغرابه من يحملون البنادق و المدافع يسمون مزارعين عزل بالارهابيين بينما هم اصحاب حق فعلاا في فلسطين انقلبت الايه

وماتزال فلسطين غصةً بقلب كل مسلم
الروايه جميله وقصيره وجميلة انصح بها
Kate Hannigan
Jul 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Kudos to Anne Carter for taking on a challenging topic -- perhaps THE most challenging topic in today's political climate. She gives voice to a population never heard from in American literature, let alone children's lit. She may be criticized for the perspective she takes in "Granddaughter," but the call to ban this book is ridiculous. It is a great launching point for discussion and nothing to be shied away from.
Sarah Al-gadi
Apr 10, 2014 rated it liked it
قصة أماني الطفلة التي أصبحت راعية للأغنام خلفًا لجدها الراعي، في أحد وديان فلسطين المحتلة. العديد من المغامرات والعلاقات الفريدة تعيشها أماني البنت مع الأغنام، وعائلتها والمدرسة والمستوطنون. تتعرف أماني على شاب من المستوطنين في مثل عمرها، يرفض ما يفعله أهله، لكنه لا يستطيع المساعدة عندما يهدمون بيتها ويقتلعون أشجار العائلة.
Jan 22, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen
This was an interesting book to get the Palestinian point of view. It was slow paced - I think to reflect the kind of life these people led. Israelis are definitely the bad guys in the book. The ending leaves you hanging and was disappointing.
Abdulrahman Al Naqbi
رواية جميلة وخفيفة عن مأساة الشعب الفلسطيني مع الاحتلال الاسرائيلي.

القصة تدور حول الطفلة أماني التي كان حلم طفولتها أن تُصبح راعية غنم مثل جدها.

الراوية نجحت في تصوير المكان والأحداث بطريقة رائعة ودقيقة.

جزء كبير من الرواية يحكي معاناة الشعب الفلسطيني مع المستوطنين وسلب أراضيهم بدون وجه حق من أجل بناء مستعمراتهم المخالفة للقوانين وللإنسانية .

الوجه المشرق للرواية هي أنها تُذكرنا بالقضية الفلسطينية وبمعاناة الشعب الفلسطيني اليومية مع الاحتلال البشع اللاإنساني
Shahad Al alwani
رواية جميلة جداً، تتحدث عن معاناة الفلسطنين بطرقة قصة قناة تدعى "أماني" التي تحلم ان تكون راعية مثل جدها.
المعومات في الكتاب صيغت بطريقة متسلسة و واضحةو مبسطة، و من الجميل في النص إضفاء كلمات عبرية، استشعرت معاناة الفلسطنين فعلاً بعد قراءة الرواية.
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
After seeing this book more than once for Freedom to Read Week, I picked it up out of curiosity. Its story follows Amani, a young girl in Palestine, who grows to follow her grandfather's footsteps into becoming a shepherd. As she grows, so too does the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, and it encroaches on her life. It's because of that, that the novel was challenged and there was a controversy surrounding it in Toronto in 2010.

I find that both the description of the book, and the controversy make t
Paula Soper
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, 2017
A love seeing the Israeli Palestinian conflict from another point of view. The Palestinians have lived on their lands for hundreds of years, but then the Israelis want the land that they say God gave them. Tough situation. My frustration deals with how difficult it seems to be for two groups of people to live in the same country.

The book. Oh, the book. I want all of my students to read it. I want to pass it out like candy to keep me (and a lot of Americans) from being so hard-line pro-Israeli an
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Shepherd’s Granddaughter covers the early years of a young Palestinian girl called Amani. Since the age of six, Amani has known that academic life is not for her, and that she wants to be a shepherd like her grandfather Seedo, who in turn takes her in as his apprentice. From here on, we follow Amani’s life as ‘the youngest shepherd in Palestine’ as she deals with the escalating Israel-Palestine conflict and the incoming settlement on her beloved ‘Seedo’s Peak’.

I have to admit that I received
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By: Anne Laurel Carter

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Since the time Amani was six years old, she wanted to be a shepherd just like her grandfather. Her family disagreed saying she was a girl and much too young. Her cousins and brother would tease, but Amani’s dream still came true. All Amani wanted to do was to travel up her grandfather’s hill letting the sheep graze and enj
Apr 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of Amani and her family who for generations have lived near Hebron keeping sheep. Armani wants to follow in her grandfather's footsteps and become a shepherd. Naturally every culture has it's ideas of the proper way to raise a girl and her parent's try to resist. The grandfather seems to endorse Amani becoming his apprentice so she quits school and spends her days with her grandfather learning how to care and raise the sheep. But this story is more than about Amani becoming a s ...more
Apr 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
I struggled to get into this book, the third person narration made me feel detached from the story. That being said, once I struggled through the first quarter of the book the story and struggles of Amani's family captured my attention and I continued to read straight through to the end.

I did enjoy the amount of modernization that was worked into the family's rural life: her father's cell phone, the internet cafe, and the recognition of 'changing times'. Not only does Amani's grandfather rule th
Canadian Children's Book Centre
Amani comes from a long line of shepherds and has always dreamt of becoming a shepherd like her grandfather. For generations, the family has grazed sheep above the olive groves of their homestead near Hebron, but now the land is being threatened by Jewish settlements and the construction of a new highway. Then Amani meets Jonathan, an American boy visiting his father who is one of the settlers, and away from the biases and pressures of their families, they discover that despite their differences ...more
Chelsea Bridge
Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: eng-356-1-7
Reading the Shepherd's Granddaughter was an eye opening experience. Often times on the news we will hear about Palestinian conflict. Never have I ever attempted to place myself in their shoes. This well written book provides the perfect opportunity for one to practice the art of empathy. A family, namely a girl name Amani, allow us to sit awhile and experience the trials that come as they transition from multigenerational sheep herders and farmers to refugees. Amani (The Shepherd's Granddaughter ...more
This was a difficult book on a difficult subject--the land conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. I had not had much exposure to the Palestinian point of view, which is present in the book through the main character, a young sheep herding girl, and her family. The Israeli side is also presented somewhat indirectly through a boy the main character befriends, but he seems to reject many sides of his people's argument. The book does a wonderful job depicting the conflict as one that is not bla ...more
Winner of the Canadian Library Association's Children's Book of the Year, 2009.
Amani Raheem is a Palestinian who loves sheep. She started accompanying her grandfather and the flocks into the mountain fields when she was six years old. She chooses to be home-schooled so that she can continue to learn her vocation as a shepherd, and, less than a decade later, she takes over the herd when her grandfather dies.
The Raheem family farm lies in the West Bank some distance from Al Khalil (better known as
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Telling the story of the conflicting sides between Palestinian and Israeli people, this book gives readers a chance to live in the shoes of a Palestinian girl who has gone against the norm and become a shepherd like her grandfather. Many changes happen around her family's land as she grows into the role she has chosen for herself and these things directly affect her livelihood, not to mention the fate of her family.

I was easily caught up in this story and felt I had lived through parts of it mys
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Anne was born in Don Mills in 1953. She’s been a waitress, baker, store clerk, fruit picker and milked cows. Her all-time favourite job was being a school librarian. She often writes about experiences she, her siblings, her friends, her four children, even complete strangers had, or she imagines they had, and then embellishes. Liberally. She divides her year, writing and teaching, between Toronto ...more
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