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The young adult novel A Little Piece of Ground by Elizabeth Laird is about children in Palestine whose neighborhood is under siege by the Israeli army. There are several reasons why this book would be popular with US teens.
It is Timely
The news is covered with discussion and argument about the war between Israel and Palestine. Teens will be old enough to understand this and be curious about it. This book explores the issue from the point of view of a young Palestinian, while in the US we often hear the Israeli side alone. Kids might be curious about what it would like to be there too.
It is Controversial
The Middle East is a point of contention world-wide, and in the US we often hear arguments about whether we should be supporting the Israelis or the Palestinians. The book represents both sides, since there is a Palestinian suicide bombing and an Israeli siege. In my experience, teens prefer a balanced approach to learn as much as they can about conflict.
It is Relatable
The main character, Karim, is twelve years old. He loves soccer and computer games. He is like an American kid in many ways.
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