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Samir and Yonatan

Samir and Yonatan by Daniella Carmi
Recommended for: Grades 5-6

Samir, a Palestinian boy, is sent for surgery to an Israeli hospital. In his days in the children’s ward, he becomes especially close to Yonatan, an Israeli boy who helps him find his place in the world and peace about his brother’s death in the war. This translation won the 2001 Batchelder Award and a UNESCO prize for Children’s Literature.

Reviewed by: Ms. Fisher

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The Summer of Riley

The Summer of RileyThe Summer of Riley by Eve Bunting
Recommended for: Grades 4-6

William, at 11, has more concerns than any child that age should have to deal with, such as his Grandfather’s death, his parents’ divorce, and his father’s new engagement. “To fill the empty places” his mother allows him to choose a dog at the pound. William becomes attached to the dog Riley quickly, but Riley chases the neighbors’ race horse, which is against the law. Riley is taken away to be euthanized. The story then becomes a political community-splitting battle over the dog’s survival. William and his best friend use their verbal skills to win a new life for Riley in another state where he will be employed chasing birds from the runway of a municipal airport. It is a believable animal story with a heavy load of social issues, too.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Baumgartner

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The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis
Recommended for: Grades 5 and up

The Taliban are in control of Kabul and have arrested the father of 11 year old Parvana. Since it is forbidden for women to shop for food or even earn money, Parvana must transform herself into a boy to provide for her desperate family. This powerful tale of ingenuity and survival is made all the more frightening by the fact that it’s based on a true story. Royalties from this book are being donated to the author to Women for Women in Afghanistan, an organization dedicated to the education of Afghan girl in refugee camps in Pakistan.

Reviewed by: Ms. Fisher

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