Checkpoints

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An Israeli and a Palestinian girl struggle to maintain their friendship in the face of conflict; Noa, an Israeli Jew, and Maha, a Palestinian Muslim, are two very different teenage girls—who may not be so different after all. They’ve become good friends, but after a tragic incident that changes Noa and her family forever, Noa’s beliefs about Palestinian and Israeli relations are put to the test. Shocking secrets are revealed that affect both Noa’s and Maha’s lives and test their blossoming relationship. ...
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Overview

An Israeli and a Palestinian girl struggle to maintain their friendship in the face of conflict; Noa, an Israeli Jew, and Maha, a Palestinian Muslim, are two very different teenage girls—who may not be so different after all. They’ve become good friends, but after a tragic incident that changes Noa and her family forever, Noa’s beliefs about Palestinian and Israeli relations are put to the test. Shocking secrets are revealed that affect both Noa’s and Maha’s lives and test their blossoming relationship. Checkpoints brings to life the realities teenagers in the Middle East face today, as politics and prejudice threaten to tear lives and relationships apart. At the same time, it serves as a testament to the power of love and friendship in an often chaotic world.
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Editorial Reviews

Jewish News Denver - Rabbi Jack Reimer
"Marilyn Levy's thesis is that the world is not black and white, that while each side may believe that its cause is righteous, they can yet somehow learn to listen to each other and that, if they do, peace is possible."—Rabbi Jack Reimer, Jewish News Denver
Rabbi Marc Gellman
"Marilyn Levy has created contemporary Israeli and Palestinian characters who struggle with friendship and the divisive issues that keep peace a distant hope. . . . A touching story."—Rabbi Marc Gellman, author of Someday You'll Thank Me for This
Dr. Katharine Henderson
"Checkpoints tells the complex and heart-breaking story of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the lives of real families. [A] story...that teenagers around the world will relate to and understand. If everyone were as courageous as Noa, peace might be possible!"—Dr. Katharine Henderson, executive vice president, Auburn Theological Seminary
Daniel Rubenstein
"Checkpoints is a lovely book which gives the right impression of teenage life in Israel. The writer puts in a very accurate light the relationship between the life of youth on one hand and the moral dilemmas of young Israelis facing the Palestinian conflict. This book presents the tensions these teens face between wanting security and wanting to be able to live their lives."—Daniel Rubenstein
Ottawa Jewish Bulletin
"Checkpoints is one of the most highly charged emotional books that has come my way in a long time . . . an excellent take-off for discussion of the heart-breaking story of the Israel-Palestinian conundrum."—Ottawa Jewish Bulletin
Lilith Magazine
"The dramatic story, with its realistically three-dimensional characters, is full of subplots and surprises."—Lilith Magazine
Jewish News Denver

"Marilyn Levy's thesis is that the world is not black and white, that while each side may believe that its cause is righteous, they can yet somehow learn to listen to each other and that, if they do, peace is possible."—Rabbi Jack Reimer, Jewish News Denver

— Rabbi Jack Reimer

Jack Reimer

Marilyn Levy's thesis is that the world is not black and white, that while each side may believe that its cause is righteous, they can yet somehow learn to listen to each other and that, if they do, peace is possible.
Jewish News Denver

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780827608702
  • Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
  • Publication date: 8/5/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,292,932
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Marilyn Levy is the author of Checkpoints as well as two “ALA Best Books List” titles: Touching and Run For Your Life.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2008

    A terrific lesson on understanding both sides of a conflict

    I bought Checkpoints for my friend's 14-year old daughter. I got so swept up in the story of Noa and her family that, before I knew it, I had finished reading the book. The author does such a good job of presenting both sides of the conflict that even young readers who don't follow the news will come away from the the book with a better understanding of both the Israeli and Palestinian perspectives on the long war and, I suspect, more compassion for everyone caught up in it. Reading the book made me wish I were still a classroom teacher because this is a novel that will surely stimulate lively discussion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2008

    An inspiring and truly powerful novel

    Marilyn Levy's Checkpoints is truly one of the most passionate, yet suspenseful books I have ever read. I am an eighth grader who is amazed at how such a delicate subject has been written about with such ease (it seems). I absolutely recommend this book to all teenagers!

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