The Shepherd's Granddaughter [NOOK Book]

Overview


Ever since she was a little girl, Amani has wanted to be a shepherd, just like her beloved grandfather, Sido. For generations her family has grazed sheep above the olive groves of the family homestead near Hebron. But now Amani's family home is being threatened by encroaching Jewish settlements. As Amani struggles to find increasingly rare grazing land for her starving sheep, her uncle and brother are tempted to take a more militant stance against the settlers. Then she meets Jonathan, an American boy visiting ...
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The Shepherd's Granddaughter

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Overview


Ever since she was a little girl, Amani has wanted to be a shepherd, just like her beloved grandfather, Sido. For generations her family has grazed sheep above the olive groves of the family homestead near Hebron. But now Amani's family home is being threatened by encroaching Jewish settlements. As Amani struggles to find increasingly rare grazing land for her starving sheep, her uncle and brother are tempted to take a more militant stance against the settlers. Then she meets Jonathan, an American boy visiting his father. Away from the pressures of their families, and despite their differences, the two young people discover a secret meadow where Amani can graze her sheep. A moving novel about one of the most hotly disputed pieces of land on earth.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Laura J. Brown
Amani knew by the time she was six years old that she wanted to be a shepherd. She loved sheep, the mountain tops, and her grandfather, Seedo, who agreed to teach her how to become a shepherd. Her mama is against the idea because she feels it is too dangerous for such a young child and a girl. It is only because Seedo, the head of the family, that Amani is allowed to go with him. The dangerous mountain trails, the hard headed ram Nasty, and keeping up with wandering sheep are not the things Amani had to worry about most when she decided to follow in her grandfather's footsteps. Once summer is over her parents want her to give up her dream and go to school. Once again it is Seedo who comes up with a compromise. Amani's cousins think that she is crazy and call her names and exclude her from their gatherings. Amani still refuses to give up her dream. As time goes by there are two things that Amani cannot ignore. One is that her grandfather's health starts to decline and the second one is how the settlers of Israel are taking her family's land in Palestine. Amani must learn to survive in a very turbulent time in her life, the life of her family, and her country. She has much to lose and gain. Readers will want to know how Amani is able to deal with issues that are totally out of control and hold onto what is most dear to her. This book reflects conflicts that young people currently face in our world in an informed, compassionate, engaging way. Reviewer: Laura J. Brown
Kirkus Reviews
Information-packed but never didactic, this moving narrative describes the life of a Palestinian girl. Amani's extended family lives simply, tending its olive groves and animals. Like her grandfather, Amani loves to care for the sheep, and from a young age has played an active role; after his death she takes on the sole responsibility for the safety and health of the flock. Her life becomes more complicated when Israeli settlers begin to build nearby. Her uncle and father react differently-one with angry words, the other with attempts at coalition-building and peaceful resistance. Amani, meanwhile, observes the changes and ponders the possibilities until forced to take action by the destruction of her home. Carter clearly conveys a particular point of view, but she neither demonizes all Israelis nor exalts all Palestinians. The integration of Arabic and Hebrew words adds flavor to the text; the clear description of the setting allows readers to enter deeply into the story. Fluid writing and straightforward storytelling make this a pleasure to read, despite the sensitive subject matter. Thoughtful and engaging. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554980635
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
  • Publication date: 8/5/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 617,221
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • File size: 292 KB

Meet the Author


Anne Carter lived on kibbutzim in Israel in the early seventies, where she milked cows and learned Hebrew. She returned to Israel in 2005 to teach creative writing in Ramallah and stayed with several Palestinian families while researching family life under the occupation for this novel. She has a Master of Education and currently works as a teacher-librarian in Toronto.
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  • Posted November 1, 2008

    Excellent selection for YA book groups.

    This is a well written story which does an excellent job personalizing the life of a Palestinian girl. I only wish that the Israeli boy's character was drawn with as much detail and that his family's perspective was depicted with as much care. As the book is presented with a girl's picture on the cover and the word granddaughter in the title, I think boys of this age group will be relunctant to read it -- which is a shame because this is such an important subject for both genders to learn about. Some terms(such as muezzin, for example)will need further explanation in order for young readers to take in the full meaning of the story. This is an excellent read for adults and kids to share.

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