Nye, Naomi Shihab. Habibi. 1997. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0689801491.
Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye is a book that involves modern day conflict with old - fashioned customs. This book is about
a Palestinian girl from St. Louis whose family is from Jerusalem and is moving back there.The author shows the streets and
ways of Israel, while at the same time, telling an exciting story of a teenage girl's life and relationships. This book shows
the hatred between the Israelis and Arabs, and how a few kind actions can change a person forever. Though the book is slightly
biased against Israeli solders, and shows them as cruel and violent when they try to kill one of Liyana's best friends Khaled,
the author ends with love and friendship between an Arab community and a young Jewish boy. This friendship shows the hope
of a better future in Jerusalem and that peace shall come. You are guided through the streets of an ordinary Arab town, and
learn about the culture and food of a traditional Arab family. The book shows bravery from the characters as they overcome
the challenges of biases and serotypes towards the Jews and Arabs.
The author works hard to give an exiting story of a teenage girl living in a new world. Not only does the book portray
biases and problems in the world, but it is a fun story of a girl's life and feels. You get to read a interesting book to
pass the time, and learn about a new culture at the same time. It is a quick read that is suitable for any age from 10-17.
I would recommend to anyone that would like to read an enjoyable book about the life of an Arab family.
It deserves the many awards it has received, like the Jane Addams Children's Book Award and the ALA Best Book for Young
Adults award. Habibi truly is an amazing book.
Garcia, Rita Williams. No Laughter Here. 2002. New York: HaperCollins. ISBN 0688162479.
In this groundbreaking novel, Coretta Scott King Honor winner Rita Williams-Garcia uses her vividly realistic voice to
explore an often taboo practice that affects millions of girls around the world every year. Readers will identify with headstrong,
outspoken Akilah, whose struggle to understand what's happened to Victoria reveals a painful truth in an honest and accessible
Even though they were born in different countries, Akilah and Victoria are true best friends. But Victoria has been acting
strange ever since she returned from her summer in Nigeria, where she had a special coming-of-age ceremony.
Akilah's name means "intelligent," and she is determined to find out what's wrong, no matter how much detective
work she has to do. But when she learns the terrible secret Victoria is hiding, she suddenly has even more questions. The
only problem is, they might not be the kind that have answers. By the end, readers realize some wounds heal slowly, and some
not at all. Williams-Garcia uses Akilah's innocence and curiosity to address a delicate human rights issue about which she
feels passionate. The text includes an author's note with suggestions for finding additional information on FGM.
Trueman, Terry. Inside Out. 2003. New York: Harpertempest. ISBN 0066239621
Zach, age 16, is sitting in a coffee shop waiting for his mother to pick him up when two armed teenagers burst in to rob
the place. Everyone else is terrified, but Zack doesn't freak out--he's schizophrenic, so he's not even sure the gunmen are
real. He can't trust his senses, and the two imaginary "psychokiller enemies" whose voices he hears whispering evil
thoughts in his head are what really make him quake. Zach has already attempted suicide, and he needs his medicine--which
is rapidly wearing off-to maintain any kind of hold on reality. Compared with what's going on in Zach's mind, as he narrates
his tale, the robbers aren't really threatening to him at all. So he has no trouble volunteering to be a hostage when the
situation escalates, and in the process learns more about the two young gunmen. Two brothers desperately seeking money to
help their impoverished, cancer-ridden mother, they are terrified themselves, and they end up turning to Zach for help when
a police standoff develops.
Trueman deals with a terrible illness and life-or-death issues. The tragic twist at the end of Inside Out. when it is
revealed that Zach, who behaved so heroically in the coffee shop, has killed himself several months later, is bound to disturb
readers (you certainly wouldn't want to use this book with schizophrenics). But this inside look at the mind of a schizophrenic,
melodramatic as it sounds, is also a quick and riveting read, and will give readers a memorable if perturbing insight into
Peters, Julie Anne. Keeping You a Secret. 2003. :Megan Tigley. ISBN 0316702757.
Now that her senior year has arrived, Holland Jaeger finds life is not so simple. Her mother is pressing her to go to
law school. This is not Holland's dream, however her mother seems intent on living vicariously through Holland's life. She
wants only the best for Holland. Therefore it is up to Holland to get the best grades, apply to the best schools, and meet
When Holland finds herself attracted to a new student, she realizes she's going to have a very serious problem with her
current boyfriend; he's too needy. Since they began having sex, that is all he seems to want to do. The new student, Cece,
is an 'out-and-proud' lesbian, and Holland finds herself in the greatest relationship ever. What price will she pay when she
decides to follow her heart?
Julie Anne Peters views are honest and handled well. Teen sex is not ignored; instead it is handled honestly with both
the pros and cons taken into consideration. Birth control is discussed without being preached. All of these were issues we
hated listening to as kids, but they are important nonetheless.