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Samir and Yonatan by Daniella Carmi
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Nov 24, 2011

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bookshelves: middle-east-focus, teen-historical-fiction, teen-coming-of-age

A Palestinian boy comes to terms with his brother's death in this slow-paced but moving novel. In homage to the bravery of his brother Fadi, who was killed by an Israeli soldier, Samir shatters his knee in a bicycle accident. He must have an operation at the "Jews' hospital." Samir's fever plus the sealing off of territories keeps the boy hospitalized for several weeks in a ward with four Israeli children, including Yonatan. The boys' friendship grows throughout the book. The ending is problematic, but the story of hope is sound.

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