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Habibi (1997)

by Naomi Shihab NYE

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When fourteen-year-old Liyanne Abboud, her younger brother, and her parents move from St. Louis to a new home between Jerusalem and the Palestinian village where her father was born, they face many changes and must deal with the tensions between Jews and Palestinians.
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Well written classic work of nonfiction that holds up. Palestine is described exactly as it is. Through the well-written story, Nye presents a balanced picture of what it's like to live in Palestine/the West Bank by including a Jewish character. ( )
  TheLoisLevel | Sep 24, 2019 |
What a wonderful book! This story navigates identity, conflict, and teen love with grace and sincerity. I laughed and cried. In the end, I was grateful to have read it. Not many books take on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and this one manages to humanize it and be a quiet call for peace.

Lexile: 850 ( )
  JoanAxthelm | Aug 4, 2017 |
This multicultural novel accurately describes the angst of a young teenager being ripped from the life she knew in the United States to the unfamiliar word of the West Bank. Habibi is a sensitive and moving story regarding the culture differences as well as the conflict between the Jews and Arabs in Palestine in the 90s. Naomi Shahab Nye does a great job with this story since she was also a Palestinian-American who moved to the West Bank when she was a teenager.
  cgjohn3570 | Nov 21, 2016 |
I liked the book and enjoyed many of the scenes, but aside from having mixed race and non-white characters, the book didn't really have any of earmarks of an award-winning novel. ( )
  LaPhenix | Mar 9, 2016 |
A nice little story about a young girl's struggle to make a new life for herself when the family moves from America to Israel. Despite the unrest, continual threat of war and the cultural differences between the Arabs, Armenians, Jews and Palestinians, Liyana gradually finds new friends and acceptance in her father's country. At times the plot is a little slow and Liyana is not always believable. However, the book does provide a interesting portrayal of the Arab-Israeli conflict that is occurring in the Middle East. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 23, 2016 |
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Liyana Abboud had just tasted her first kiss when her parents announced they were leaving the country.
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