Living in the United States we think we know what is going on in the world. We have 24 hours of news coverage and constant updates on social media sites.
But a few years back when I began to try and figure out who was telling the truth about Syria, it was obvious we know nothing. The reports I was given told two entirely different stories depending on who was writing them.
This book lets the children and adults who are living on both sides of the conflict tell their own stories.
There are innocent people on both sides, and the children’s sense of hope was inspiring. The differences in their lives while living only a few hundred miles apart were stark. One set of parents determined to shield their family from the ugliness beyond their own door while the other encourages rebellion.
Rania Abouzeid is a journalist I admire and can trust. Her writing in this book is exceptional and honest.
I will be sending a copy to my granddaughter!
Scholastic September 2020
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