Teens in Egypt

Teens in Egypt

by Barbara A. Somervill
     
 

Thoughts of Egypt often conjure up images of pyramids, sphinxes, and the Nile. However, many of today’s Egyptian teens live in a world filled with high-rise malls, cell phones, and trans-techno music. Modern conveniences have even changed the lives of the Bedouins, desert nomads, who have traded in their camels for pick-up trucks. Teens in Egypt is part of

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Thoughts of Egypt often conjure up images of pyramids, sphinxes, and the Nile. However, many of today’s Egyptian teens live in a world filled with high-rise malls, cell phones, and trans-techno music. Modern conveniences have even changed the lives of the Bedouins, desert nomads, who have traded in their camels for pick-up trucks. Teens in Egypt is part of Global Connections, a series that uncovers the challenges, pastimes, and customs of teens around the world.

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Children's Literature
The diversity of teens in Egypt comes through loud and clear in both photos and text. Poor teens have few opportunities to get ahead because they often have to leave school early and work to help support their families. Middle- and upper-class teens have the same range of fashionable clothing, computers and cell phones, sports and schools as their counterparts in Western countries. In urban areas, there are native pop singers like Amr Diab, a huge Egyptian movie industry, and highly-paid belly dancers. Western styles of dress are popular, but there are also photos of fashionable young women wearing hijab, the Islamic head covering. Readers learn of the virtually exclusive dependence on test scores to move ahead in the Egyptian educational system, with the highest scores earning a chance to study medicine, the next highest engineering, and then everything else. In urban areas, young women increasingly have a chance to continue their education, and almost half the medical students in the country are women. The book also covers daily life for rural and urban teens, popular foods, the importance of family and faith, and religious festivals. Although 90 percent of Egyptians are Muslims, mostly Sunnis, the book does devote space to the practices of Coptic Christians. The series covers teens in nearly 20 countries. There are source notes as well as an extensive bibliography and an index. However, the book only provides a very limited list of web resources, which are especially critical for this teenage group. Reviewer: Karen Leggett

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756532949
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Series:
Capstone Global Connections Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
960L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Barbara A. Somervill has been writing for more than 30 years. She has written newspaper and magazine articles, video scripts, and books for children. She enjoys writing about history, science, and investigating people's lives for biographies. Ms. Somervill lives with her husband in South Carolina.

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