A Little Piece of GroundAges 9 to 11
A heartfelt and honest story, and an introduction to the Palestinian struggle for readers between nine and eleven years-old, set on the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
Written by Elizabeth Laird, in collaboration with Sonia Nimr, a Palestinian archaeologist, storyteller, writer and translator, who lives in Ramallah.
Twelve year-old Karim Aboudi lives with his family in Ramallah, on the West Bank of Palestine. After a terror attack takes place, they are trapped in their home, bound by a strict curfew enforced by the Israeli military.
Like any other child, Karim longs to play football with his mates – not to be stuck inside with his teenage brother and fearful parents.
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 fine book, and a daring book' – Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse
'This book must go down as a brave, serious and successful attempt to reach out and have this story heard' – Michael Rosen, poet and author
A fine book, and a daring book
Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse, Private Peaceful and Kensuke's Kingdom
This book must go down as a brave, serious and successful attempt to reach out and have this story heard
Michael Rosen, poet and author of Chocolate Cake and Unexpected Twist, 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
Fourteen year-old reader, Jewish Chronicle