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.
This is a great book for children. Teaches tolerance of other religions. Set in the Middle East a must read for teens today.
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.