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When 13-year-old Hayaat's grandmother falls gravely ill, she knows that there's only one thing to do. She vows to bring back a handful of soil from Setti Zeinab's ancestral home in occupied Jerusalem, where her grandmother yearns to return to. Taking along her friend Samy, a daredevil troublemaker who dreams of playing football in Italy, they leave their homes in Bethlehem pretending they are going to school. It is the most dangerous and eventful journey of their lives. They must cross the Wall that divides the land with its watchtowers, checkpoints, barbwire and heavy iron gate.
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Randa Abdel-Fattah was born in Australia to Egyptian-Palestinian parents and lives in Sydney with her family where she is a practicing lawyer. Her previous books, Does My Head Look Big in This (2005) and Ten Things I Hate About Me (2009), received wide critical acclaim.From AudioFile:
Hayaat, a 13-year-old Palestinian girl, has a disfiguring scar from an incident of violence that killed her best friend. Her family tries to make sense out of the chaos they live in, suffering heartache yet clinging to hope. Narrator Kellie Jones never allows bitterness toward Israelis to creep into Hayaat's tone, instead presenting a bright youngster with an adventurous, indomitable spirit. This audiobook begins with a glossary of Palestinian terms. Unfortunately, presenting a glossary at the beginning of a listening experience is both distracting and inconvenient, particularly for young listeners. Without context clues, by the time the terms appear in the story, the listener has likely forgotten their meaning. It's too bad because, otherwise, Jones does a fine narration of an underexplored subject: the problems faced by Palestinian families living in occupied territory. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine
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