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A Little Piece of Ground [Paperback]

By Elizabeth Laird, Sonia Nimr & Bill Neal (Illustrator)
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During the Israeli occupation of Ramallah in the West Bank of Palestine, twelve-year-old Karim and his friends create a secret place for themselves where they can momentarily forget the horrors of war.

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Pages   220
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.75" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2006
Publisher   Haymarket Books
ISBN  1931859388  
ISBN13  9781931859387  

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More About Elizabeth Laird, Sonia Nimr & Bill Neal

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Elizabeth Laird has written numerous illustrated books for children inspired by ageless stories from Asia and Africa, including "Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings", "Pea Boy and Other Stories from Iran", and "A Fistful of Pearls and Other Stories from Iraq". She has been shortlisted five times for the Carnegie Medal in Literature. Elizabeth lives in Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom.

Elizabeth Laird was born in 1943.

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Stirring Tale of Persevering Against All Odds  Sep 6, 2007
"A Little Piece of Ground" is the story of Karim Aboudi, 12, a soccer buff and computer game junkie. Like so many boys his age, Karim hopes one day to do just what he likes without parents, big brothers, or teachers telling him what to do. Unlike many other boys, though, Karim lives under Israeli occupation in Ramallah, Palestine.

"A Little Piece of Ground" shows what life is like for Palestinians who see their homes destroyed by Israeli bulldozers or face road blocks, military check points, and embarrassing strip searches, simply while trying to get to work or school.

As the story begins, Karim is confined in his small apartment, where his taunting brother, pesky sisters, and protective parents give him no rest. A two-week curfew ordered by the Israeli military prevents Karim from going to school, visiting his best friend Joni, or playing soccer with his pals. That is, until the curfew lifts and his buddies discover a wrecked space near the refugee camps, "a little piece of ground," that the boys rebuild as a soccer field. As the boys struggle to reclaim a space where they can be free, their effort symbolizes the struggle to liberate Palestine.
a portrayal of growing up under occupation  May 7, 2007
This book is a great book for any teen or adult. It gives the reader a great persepective of daily life in the Palestinian territories. It shows that children are children even under the most brutal of occupations. Like all children, they are growing up, trying to get independence, underestimating the dangers they face, boys liking girls, getting preoccupied with wether their friends are cool or not, boys wanting to play soccer, or computer games or whatever. All this under the shadow of Israeli collective punishment.
I wish there were more books that show the rest of the world the realities of life in the occupied territories.
Author should try writing nonfiction  Apr 1, 2007
This book is sorely lacking an afterward describing the historical background and/or references. If it's based in reality, why the need to fictionalize the story? The actions of the Israelis appeared either unmotivated by any logic or out-and-out sadistic. The book did not build to a logical climax and resolution. The author started many plot strands that simply fizzled out--Jamal's strange behavior about the necklace, for instance, and his need of a picture of Violette. The scene where Karim studies history would have been a good place to add some objective history of the region, if the author had wanted to.
A humanizing portrait of Palestinian children  Feb 2, 2007
This book is an authentic account of the circumstances that prevailed in Ramallah in the year 2000 and how Palestinian children were influenced by them. The main character aspires to be a champion soccer star and all he wants to do is play, play, play with his friends. The ground he lives on keeps shrinking under his feet as he and his teenage friends clear the rubble froma small lot near a refugee camp to make a soccer field. They come face to face with Israeli soldiers and tanks and are nearly killed. They survive and go on.For the first time we have a vivid and well written account of Palestinian children as human beings.
A Witness to a Painful Reality  Jan 27, 2007
'A Little Piece of Ground' is a moving story that depicts the human aspect of the Palestinian struggle for freedom. Through the eyes of Karim, a 12-year-old Palestinian boy living in captivity, Elizabeth Laird captures the endless suffering of the Palestinian people under the Israeli occupation. This book is a pressing reminder that Palestinians, both young and old, continue to long for freedom.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to hear the story told from the other side, the side that is rarely heard in the American media.

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