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.
|Publisher:||The Jewish Publication Society|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Marilyn Levy is the author of Checkpoints as well as two “ALA Best Books List” titles: Touching and Run For Your Life.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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!