Where the Streets Had a Name by Randa Abdel-FattahWhere the Streets Had a Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Where the Streets Had a Name

byRanda Abdel-Fattah

Hardcover | November 1, 2010

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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 checkpoints, 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 West Bank when Hayaat and Samyhave a curfew-free day to travel.

But while their journey may only be a few miles long, it could take a lifetime to complete...

Humorous and heartfelt, Where the Streets Had a Name deals with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with sensitivity and grace, and will open a window on this timely subject.

Randa Abdel-Fattah is an attorney, a writer, and an active member in the interfaith community, and also a member of the Palestinian human rights campaign. She is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Does My Head Look Big in This? as well as Ten Things I Hate About Me. She lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and their c...
Title:Where the Streets Had a NameFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.54 × 5.81 × 1.04 inPublished:November 1, 2010Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545172926

ISBN - 13:9780545172929

Appropriate for ages: 9


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shows hope in difficult circumstances This is a story of hope in a land beaten down by fighting and hatred. Where people are evicted from their lands and forced into refugee camps possibly to languish for years. It is also the story of a Hayaat, 13 year old girl who wants to travel to Jerusalem to fulfil her grandmother's dearest wish. It is on this day long trip that we experience the hope for a positive future. Throughout the day, Muslims, Christians and Jews together having peaceful conversation, helping each other even at cost to themselves. Hayaat may young, but she has suffered much due to the strife in the West Bank of Bethlehem. While this has made growing up difficult, it has played a major role in helping to shape the woman she is becoming. I listened with rapt attention to this story. A family of seven living in a small apartment. While I couldn't imagine sharing a bedroom with my grandmother as well as siblings, I did envy the closeness that it brought them. In our western society, it is more unusual for grandchildren to have such closeness with grandparents and I feel that is a shame. Before reading this novel, I knew nothing about Palestine and the West Bank. It has made me want to learn more. This would be a good book for parents to rad and discuss with their children. Kellie Jones did an excellent job reading the audio version. Her use of accents and Arabic words brought the characters to life. The written descriptions combined with the dramatic voicing left me feeling that I had truly stood on the hillside looking toward their ancestral home and feeling the wind that was blowing through the olive trees. This is a five star book and I encourage you to find either a paper copy or the audio, read it and learn about a culture other than your own.
Date published: 2015-09-11

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Ten Things I Hate About Me"Written with insight, humor and sensitivity, Abdel-Fattah introduces a winning Muslim-Australian heroine who discovers that 'honesty is liberating.'" -Kirkus ReviewsPraise for the critically acclaimed Does My Head Look Big in This?"More than the usual story of the immigrant teen's conflict with her traditional parents, the funny, touching contemporary narrative will grab teens everywhere." -Booklist, starred review"[A] witty, sensitive debut... " -People"Abdel-Fattah's fine first novel offers a world of insight to post-9/11 readers." -Kirkus Reviews, starred reivew