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Fourteen-year-old Liyana Abboud would rather not have to change her life...especially now that she has been kissed, for the very first time and quite by surprise, by a boy named Jackson. But when her parents announce that Liyana's family is moving from St. Louis, Missouri, to Jerusalem -- to the land where her father was born -- Liyana's whole world shifts. What does Jerusalem hold for Liyana? A grandmother, a Sitti, she has never met, for one. A history much bigger than she is. Visits to the West Bank village where her aunts and uncles live. Mischief. Old stone streets that wind through time and trouble. Opening doors, dark jail cells, a new feeling for peace, and Omer...the intriguing stranger whose kisses replace the one she lost when she moved across the ocean.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Simon Pulse, 2008
ISBN: 9781439115190
Characteristics: 1 online resource
1 online resource (272 p.)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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LibraryK8 Mar 20, 2014

Liyana feels pulled in two directions, back home to the states but also to her family's history in Jerusalem. An interesting contrast on the thoughts of what makes something a home. Nye has a way of describing places that is almost roundabout. Instead of describing the layout of a building or courtyard she explains the light filtering through trees, or the smell of the food vendors. She really brings you to the place and makes the reader experience it viscerally.

Jun 15, 2011

I thought this book was ok. personally i wouldnt have chosen it on my own, i had to read it for school. it wasnt the worst of the school chosen books, but then again, none of those are ever really great. this book was pretty educational and gave you a different perspective on the issues in the Middle East.


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Jan 20, 2011

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LibraryK8 Mar 20, 2014

The day after Liyana experiences her first kiss, her father announces that he is moving the family from St. Louis, to his birthplace, Jerusalem. Liyana leaves everything she knows behind, and everything that won't fit in a few boxes and embarks on an adventure to experience a different kind of life.

In Jerusalem there are no white picket fences, or green lawns. Her father works as a doctor in a hospital, her mother stays home and Liyana and her brother are sent to different schools. Liyana carefully dips her toes in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes around her, soaking up the new culture and her new family (as long lost cousins come out of the woodwork).


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