Habibi

Habibi

Book - 1997 | 1st ed
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When fourteen-year-old Liyanne Abboud, her younger brother, and her parents move from St. Louis to a new home between Jerusalem and the Palestinian village where her father was born, they face many changes and must deal with the tensions between Jews and Palestinians.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1997
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780689801495
0689801491
Branch Call Number: j
Characteristics: 259 p. ; 20 cm

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LibraryK8 Mar 20, 2014

Liyana feels pulled in two directions, back home to the states but also to her family's history in Jerusalem. An interesting contrast on the thoughts of what makes something a home. Nye has a way of describing places that is almost roundabout. Instead of describing the layout of a building or courtyard she explains the light filtering through trees, or the smell of the food vendors. She really brings you to the place and makes the reader experience it viscerally.

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bookcasel
Jun 15, 2011

I thought this book was ok. personally i wouldnt have chosen it on my own, i had to read it for school. it wasnt the worst of the school chosen books, but then again, none of those are ever really great. this book was pretty educational and gave you a different perspective on the issues in the Middle East.

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Jan 20, 2011

bookcasel thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 13

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LibraryK8 Mar 20, 2014

The day after Liyana experiences her first kiss, her father announces that he is moving the family from St. Louis, to his birthplace, Jerusalem. Liyana leaves everything she knows behind, and everything that won't fit in a few boxes and embarks on an adventure to experience a different kind of life.

In Jerusalem there are no white picket fences, or green lawns. Her father works as a doctor in a hospital, her mother stays home and Liyana and her brother are sent to different schools. Liyana carefully dips her toes in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes around her, soaking up the new culture and her new family (as long lost cousins come out of the woodwork).

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