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The Almond Tree

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The Almond Tree by Corasanti, Michelle Cohen, 9781859643297
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  • ISBN: 9781859643297 | 1859643299
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Copyright: 9/30/2012
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Gifted with a mind that continues to impress the elders in his village, Ichmad Hamid struggles with the knowledge that he can do nothing to save his Palestinian friends and family. Living on Israeli-occupied land, the entire village operates in fear of losing homes, jobs, and belongings. But more importantly, they fear losing each other. On Ichmad's twelfth birthday, that fear becomes a reality. With his father imprisoned, his family's home and possessions confiscated, and his siblings quickly succumbing to the dangers of war, Ichmad begins the endless struggle to use his intellect to save his poor and dying family and reclaim a love for others that was lost when the bombs first hit. The Almond Treecapitalizes on the reader's desire to be picked up and dropped off in another part of the world. It tackles issues that many Americans only hear about on World News or read about at The Huffington Post, such as the IsraeliPalestinian conflict, the scholasticide that is being allegedly imposed upon the Palestinians in Gaza and the current Gaza blockade. But even more, it offers hope. Hope and the thought that these two groups who have fought for thousands of years can forgive and live together in peace.

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Harry Smythe
3/8/2013
The book showed a site of the Arab-Israeli that one is rarely fully, if at all, exposed to by the mainstream media.

Subsequent study showed me that there is definitely "something rotten in the state" of Palestine, and that the Plight of the protagonist and his family, are far more realistic than most, even very well informed, people will ever know.

The book is also well very written, and a real page turner.
The Almond Tree: 5 out of 5 stars based on 1 user reviews.



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