Written by Deborah Ellis
Published by Groundwood Books
Deborah Ellis presents the stories of children of the war-torn Middle East, based on interviews with Israeli and Palestinian children.
In a rehabilitation center for disabled children, twelve-year-old Nora says she loves the color pink and chewing gum and explains that the wheels of her wheelchair are like her legs. Eleven-year-old Mohammad describes how his house was demolished by soldiers. And we meet twelve-year-old Salam, whose older sister walked into a store in Jerusalem and blew herself up, killing herself and two people, and injuring twenty others. All these children live both ordinary and extraordinary lives. They argue with their siblings. They dream about their wishes for the future. They have also seen their homes destroyed, their families killed, and they live in the midst of constant upheaval and violence.
This simple and telling book allows children everywhere to see those caught in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as children just like themselves, but who are living far more difficult, dangerous lives.
Publication Date: June 2004
Available As: Paperback
Nonfiction, Young Adult, Age 11 or older
Setting: Israel, Palestine
Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: Refugee Camp
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