Middle East

  • Against the Storm / Gaye Hicyilmaz. Because his parents want to become rich like uncle Yusuf, Mehmet and his family move from a peaceful village to the noisy poverty city of Ankara.
  • Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis.
  • Flying Lessons / Nava Semel. Hadara is very lonely in her small Israeli village, now that her mother has passed away - until she learns to fly.
  • Habibi / Naomi Shihab Nye. 14-year old Arab-American Liyana has enjoys her new life in Jerusalem, but what will her parents say about her Jewish friend?
  • Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye (Jerusalem and Palistine)
  • Hand Full of Stars / Rafik Schami. In modern-day Damascus, a teenage boy finds the courage to challenge the political system through creating a subversive newspaper.
  • Hand Full of Stars by Rafik Schami (Syria)
  • Haveli by Suzanne Fisher Staples (Pakistan)
  • Homeless Bird by Whelan -- India
  • If You Could Be My Friend / Ed. Litsa Boudalika. The real letters of a Palestinian teen and her Israeli pen-pal reveal their fears and hopes, similarities and differences.
  • Kiss the Dust by Elizabeth Laird is about the Kurdish struggle and takes place in Iraq & Iran.
  • Parvana's Journey, Deborah Ellis
  • Samir and Yonatan / Daniella Carmi. A young Palestinian boy lies terrified and trapped in an Israeli hospital - but what if the Israelis are not as bad as he thinks?
  • SAMIR AND YONATAN by Danielle Carmi/Yael Lotan.
  • Shabanu by Suzanne Fisher Staples (Pakistan)
  • SHABANU takes place in Pakistan/Afghanistan, countries that, while largely Muslim, are definitely not in the Middle East.
  • Sister Shako and Kolo the Goat: Memories of My Childhood in Turkey / Vedat Dalokay.  An elderly woman reveals her childhood experiences to a young neighbor. Translated from Turkish.
  • THE RETURN, Sonia Levitin. It's about Ethiopian Jews making their way to Israel
  • The Singing Mountain / Sonia Levitin. Newly observant Mitch decides to stay on in Israel to study in the Yeshiva, much to his family's disapproval.
  • The Singing Mountain, by Sonia Levitin.
  • The Space Between Our Footsteps / Naomi Shihab Nye, Ed. Beautiful poems and paintings from the greatest artists in the Middle East.
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