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“Bittersweet in both words and images, this moving debut conveys one girl’s powerful attempt to secure her family’s legacy despite uncertainty.”
Publishers Weekly

These Olive Trees

Written by Aya Ghanameh
Illustrated by Aya Ghanameh
Published by Penguin Young Readers Group

It’s 1967 in Nablus, Palestine.

Oraib loves the olive trees that grow outside the refugee camp where she lives. Each harvest, she and her mama pick the small fruits and she eagerly stomp stomp stomps on them to release their golden oil. Olives have always tied her family to the land, as Oraib learns from the stories Mama tells of a home before war.

But war has come to their door once more, forcing them to flee. Even as her family is uprooted, Oraib makes a solemn promise to her beloved olive trees. She will see to it that their legacy lives on for generations to come.

Debut author-illustrator Aya Ghanameh boldly paints a tale of bitterness, hope, and the power of believing in a free and thriving future.

Primary ISBN: 9780593525180
Publication Date: August 2022
Available As: Hardcover, eBook
Picture Book, Age 03 or older

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Setting: Palestine (Nablus)

Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: Refugee

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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