Crossing the Line


Ahmy and Binny are on opposite sides of war in the Middle East. When Ahmy crosses the wall that separates their villages, he and Binny realize they may not be so different after all. Summit Book.

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Ahmy and Binny are on opposite sides of war in the Middle East. When Ahmy crosses the wall that separates their villages, he and Binny realize they may not be so different after all. Summit Book.

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This is a haunting and disturbing story. Told from two points of view, it tells of two young boys whose worlds are so different that they will probably never be able to communicate meaningfully. Binny lives with his family in a small compound on the West Bank. His house is comfortable and modern, with lots of books and plenty of food. He has a small vegetable garden outside, and his tomatoes are just beginning to ripen. Ahmy lives next door, but he might just as well be living on the moon. He has no books, no garden, and never quite enough food. When Ahmy goes into the compound next door on a dare from his friends and sees Binny, for some reason he feels a sort of kinship with the boy who should be his enemy. And Binny feels the same. The reader knows, although the boys don't, that their fathers have virtually the same opinions about Israeli settlement on the West Bank. Since those opinions are on opposite sides of the present conflict, however, they will never meet. One day Ahmy's best friend's young brother, tagging along with the older boys on an excursion to the wall that separates the compound, picks up something he shouldn't and is killed by the Israeli guards. The result is much as expected. Binny actually goes to the funeral, where he is again struck by the feeling that he and Ahmy are very similar. The boys independently come to the same conclusion that the vicious killing must stop. Ahmy's friends tell him that they are planning a peaceful demonstration in the market of the Israeli compound, and they need Binny to let them in. Once they are in, their plans change, and Binny and the innocent Ahmy must act together to prevent major destruction. The ending, while hopeful, is notsaccharine, and we are left to take a deep breath and feel both relief and hope. 2003, Perfection Learning Corporation, Ages 10 to 15.
—Judy Silverman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789160171
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Pages: 279
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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