Below is a list of 2 the books by this author.
In this gripping and eye-opening novel, two Syrian refugee teens trying to make a living on the street corners of Beirut must decide how far they&rsqu... [Read More]
In this gripping and eye-opening novel, two Syrian refugee teens trying to make a living on the street corners of Beirut must decide how far they’re willing to go to make a home for their family in an unwelcoming country. Thirteen-year-old Hadi Toma and his family are displaced. At least that’s what the Lebanese government calls them and the thousands of other Syrian refugees that have flooded into Beirut. But as Hadi tries to earn money to feed his family by selling gum on the street corner, he learns that many people who travel the city don’t think they’re displaced—they think that they don’t belong in this country either. Each day he hears insults, but each day he convinces himself they don’t matter, approaching the cars again and again. He hardly dares to dream anymore that this might change. But then Hadi meets Malek, who has been instructed to work on the same corner. Malek, who talks about going to school and becoming an engineer. But Malek is new to the streets, and Kamal, the man who oversees many of the local street vendors, tells Malek he must work the corner…alone. And people who don’t follow Kamal’s orders don’t last long. Now Hadi is forced to make a choice between engaging in illegal activities or letting his family starve. Can the boys find a way out of their impossible situation, or will the dream of something greater than their harsh realities remain stubbornly out of reach?
Theme: Syria, Refugee, Immigration
This tense and thought-provoking World War II story, from the acclaimed author of Missing in Action and Search and Destroy, examines what it truly mea... [Read More]
This tense and thought-provoking World War II story, from the acclaimed author of Missing in Action and Search and Destroy, examines what it truly means to be a hero. Spencer Morgan and Dieter Hedrick are on opposite sides of the war, but they’re fighting for the same things: honor and respect. At the age of fifteen, Dieter’s blind devotion gets him promoted from Hitler Youth into the German army. Dieter is determined to prove his allegiance and bravery all costs. Spence, just sixteen, drops out of his Utah high school to begin training as a paratrooper. He’s seen how boys who weren’t much in high school can come home heroes, and Spence wants to prove to his friends and family that he really can be something. Both Spence and Dieter fear the war will end too soon—that they won’t get the chance to prove themselves. But when they finally see the action they were hoping for, it’s like nothing they ever could have imagined.
Theme: War/Children and War