Where the Streets Had a Name

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Scholastic Press, Scholastic, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 313 pages
5 Reviews
Critically acclaimed author Randa Abdel-Fattah's middle-grade debut about the journey -- and risks -- a Palestinian girl will take to save her family.

Thirteen year old Hayaat is on a mission. She believes a handful of soil from her grandmother's ancestral home in Jerusalem will save her beloved Sitti Zeynab's life. The only problem is that Hayaat and her family live behind the impenetrable wall that divides the West Bank, and they're on the wrong side of check points, curfews, and the travel permit system. Plus, Hayaat's best friend Samy always manages to attract trouble. But luck is on the pair's side as they undertake the journey to Jerusalem from the Palestinian Territories when Hayaat and Samy have a curfew-free day to travel.

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User Review  - Joyce Lee - Goodreads

This was a little slow for me. The one journey into Jerusalem that starts about one fifth in lasts for more than half the book! I thought pacing could have been better in this one. Read full review

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User Review  - Nancy - Goodreads

I've seen bits & pieces on the news of the difficulty that Palestinians face as they try to travel into Jerusalem. The check points, the interrogations, the delays. This story of a young Muslim Palestinian girl and she sets out to do just that. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Randa Abdel-Fattah is an attorney, a writer, a chocoholic, and an active member in the interfaith community, as well as the campaign for Palestinian human rights. She is the author of the critically acclaimed novels DOES MY HEAD LOOK BIG IN THIS? and TEN THINGS I HATE ABOUT ME, both published by Orchard Books. She is also the author of the forthcoming middle-grade novel, WHERE THE STREETS HAD A NAME, published by Scholastic Press. Ms. Abdel-Fattah lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and their children.

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