Where the Streets Had A Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Release Date: November 1, 2010
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.
But while their journey may only be a few kilometers long, it could take a lifetime to complete....
-Randa Abdel-Fattah is one of my favorite authors. She may not be for everyone, but I love her. Especially her sense of humor and how she educates me about Muslim culture. This book doesn't sound like it will be as laugh-out-loud but since she is one of my favorite authors, I naturally need to read this book. Also, I want to start learning more about all the issues between Israel and Palestine. I know the simple reason behind all their conflicts, but I know it must be more complex than it seems. The cover shown is the UK cover. I couldn't find the US one except on Amazon and I don't like the weird-white backgrounds that Amazon uses with their covers. Anyway, the US cover is the one I prefer because it shows Jerusalem (I think) but it also makes the book look younger. I don't really like the UK cover (pictured) simply because it's so plain. And unless pink Converse play a role in this story, I don't see a point in featuring them. The Australia cover is also rather plain, just Hayaat's rather melodramatic facial expression.
What book (s) are you super excited for? Any PoC releases?