A young adult book set in the West Bank detailing the tensions between Palestians and Jews through the eyes of young Palestinian Liyana, who befriends Jewish Omer. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an ALA Notable Children's Book, and many other awards.
Habibi has been my all-time favorite book ever since I first read it twelve years ago at the age of 10.
Nye's writing is lyrical, beautiful, and haunting. Her characters are well-crafted and seem to really live, breathe, and sing, even after you've closed the book. Her descriptions of Arab culture are delicious, and she writes compassionately and compellingly about the twisted knot of Israeli-Palestinian relations.
This was one of my daughter's Sonlight Curriculum books for her schoolwork. She says that it portrays the culture differences well, but not very interesting to read it like a novel. Not super impressive, or a great story line.