Written by Elizabeth Laird
and with Sonai Nimr
Published by Haymarket Books
Twelve-year-old Karim Aboudi and his family are trapped in their Ramallah home by a strict curfew. In response to a Palestinian suicide bombing, the Israeli military subjects the West Bank town to a virtual siege. Meanwhile, Karim, trapped at home with his teenage brother and fearful parents, longs to play football with his friends. When the curfew ends, he and his friend discover an unused patch of ground that’s the perfect site for a football pitch. Nearby, an old car hidden intact under bulldozed building makes a brilliant den. But in this city there’s constant danger, even for schoolboys. And when Israeli soldiers find Karim outside during the next curfew, it seems impossible that he will survive.
Publication Date: October 2006
Available As: Paperback, eBook
Middle Grade, Age 09 or older
Community Represented: Palestinian/Palestinian American
Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: Refugee or Asylee
Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Written with Cultural Advisors
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