A Little Piece of Ground

3.8 based on 390 ratings & 65 reviews on Goodreads.com

Twelve year-old Karim Aboudi and his family are trapped in their Ramallah home by a strict curfew. Israeli tanks control the city in response to a Palestinian suicide bombing. Karim longs to play football with his mates - being stuck inside with his teenage brother and fearful parents is driving him crazy. When the curfew ends, he and his friend discover an unused patch of ground that's the perfect site for a football pitch. Nearby, an old car hidden intact under bulldozed buildings makes a brilliant den. But in this city there's constant danger, even for schoolboys. And when Israeli soldiers find Karim outside during the next curfew it seems impossible that he will survive . . .

A Little Piece of Ground by Elizabeth Laird is an exciting, enlightening and important story that brings to life the reality of events reported daily in the news, and will help young readers understand more about one of the worst conflicts affecting our world today.

This book must go down as a brave, serious and successful attempt to reach out and have this story heard
Books For Keeps
A Little Piece of Ground has the same rights as any other book to be on the shelves of shops and libraries. I also think that by reading books like this, and acknowledging other points of view, it will be easier for both sides to understand each other
Jewish Chronicle

About Elizabeth Laird

Elizabeth Laird is the multi-award-winning author of several much-loved children's books. She has been shortlisted for the prestigious Carnegie Medal six times. She lives in Britain now, but still likes to travel as much as she can.

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Jake's Tower
Jake's Tower
Welcome to Nowhere
Welcome to Nowhere
Crusade
Crusade
Oranges in No Man's Land
Oranges in No Man's Land
Red Sky in the Morning
Red Sky in the Morning
Dindy and the Elephant
Dindy and the Elephant
The Fastest Boy in the World
The Fastest Boy in the World
The Prince Who Walked With Lions
The Prince Who Walked With Lions
Secrets of The Fearless
Secrets of The Fearless
The Witching Hour
The Witching Hour
Lost Riders
Lost Riders
Paradise End
Paradise End
Kiss the Dust
Kiss the Dust
The Garbage King
The Garbage King