Fiction Books for Children
About Palestinian-Jewish
Understanding and Relationship Building

        by Gloria Miklowitz, Eerdmans Books, Grand Rapids, MI, 2003, 143 pages, age 12 and up

        By Barbara Meislin and Illustrated by Helen Webber, Purple Lady Productions, Tiburon, CA, 2005, 28 pages, age 4 and up

        by by Chris Smith & Aurélia Fronty, Barefoot Books, Cambridge, MA, 2007, 32 pages, age 6 and up

        by Deborah da Costa, Albert Whitman & Co., Morton Grove, IL, 2001, 32 pages, ages 6-10

THE ENEMY HAS A FACE (age 12 and up)

by Gloria Miklowitz
143 pages; hardcover; Eerdmans Books, Grand Rapids, 2003

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        Fourteen-year-old Netta Hofman wakes one morning to find that her older brother did not come home the night before. Having just moved from Israel to Los Angeles, the family of seventeen-year-old Adam is stunned and baffled by his disappearance. Adam has not had time to make many friends yet, and he has always been responsible, the last person who would leave home without a word.
        Netta and her parents desperately seek answers to Adam’s disappearance. Could he have run away with a girl he met on-line? Was he abducted for ransom? Or, is it possible that Palestinians are to blame -- revenge for his Israeli father’s work?
        When Netta makes a new and unlikely friend at school, an Arab boy named Laith, she begins addressing issues of prejudice -- her classmates prejudice against foreign students, her own prejudice against Palestinians, and her family’s growing suspicion that Palestinian hatred of Israelis is behind Adam’s disappearance.
        In this thoughtful and suspenseful book, Gloria Miklowitz, author of 62 books for young readers, makes her first exploration of issues of Middle Eastern relationships through the eyes of young people on both sides of the age-old conflict. The surprising conclusion to the novel will leave readers with a renewed understanding of other people’s needs, fears, and beliefs.


By Barbara Meislin and Illustrated by Helen Webber
28 pages; hardcover; Purple Lady Productions; Tiburon, Calif; 2005
Winner - 2005 BAIPA Award - Best Childrens Inspirational Book
Winner - Benjamin Franklin Silver Award - Best New Voice, Children's & Young Adult Literature

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ARABIC & HEBREW bilingual version from:
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Barbara Meislin, Purple Lady Productions, Box 1277, Tiburon, CA 94920
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PURCHASE from the Middle East

ENGLISH version from:
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ARAB & HEBREW version from:
Jewish-Arab Center for Peace, Givat Haviva, D.N. Menashe 37850, Israel
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        Brilliant, multicolored illustrations make alive this book of hope and optimism for all ages.
        In English and more recently translated into Hebrew and Arabic, each of two, award-winning versions comes with a lyric sheet and CD of the entire story set to music.
        Proceeds from the sale of this book benefit Neve Shalom~Wahat al-Salam (The Oasis Of Peace) and other charitable organizations that enhance the lives of children.
        Neve Shalom~Wahat al-Salam is a community in Israel where Jewish and Palestinian families have lived, learned, and worked together as equals for more then twenty years.
        Their bilingual, bicultural primary school and School For Peace have reached tens of thousands of Jewish and Palestinian children and adults within the village itself and far beyond its borders.
        If you have ever looked up at the sky after the rain, and had your spirit lifted by the sight of a rainbow, the message of this book will be clear.
        Even in the darkest of times the rainbow within our hearts can lead us to a path of renewed hope. When someone you love whether child or adult is experiencing feelings of uncertainty, grief, or loss, this true life story about a stolen rainbow will inspire healing, wholeness, and above all, hope.

ONE CITY, TWO BROTHERS (age 6 and up)

By Chris Smith
Illustrated by Aurélia Fronty
32 pages; water color paintings; Barefoot Books; Cambridge, MA, IL.; Fall 2007

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        This timely folktale of how Jerusalem came to be is about mutual understanding and kind acts toward one another -- a spirit that predates the city itself and which is our destiny to bring to life in our time.
        The story has been heard in synagogues, mosques and churches across Near East and beyond for hundreds of years.
        In this gorgeously illustrated book, storyteller Chris Smith shows how two brothers find peace by seeing themselves in each other.


By Deborah da Costa
Illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright & Ying-Hwa Hu
32 pages; water color and pencil drawings; map; Albert Whitman & Co.; Morton Grove, IL.; 2001

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        This story with an optimistic message is the first children's book by author Deborah da Costa. Its messages of tolerance, compromise and peace make it an excellent addition to any home or library.
        Illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu, the story is set in Jerusalem -- precious to the Muslims, Jews, and Christians.
        A stray cat is befriended by two boys -- one from the city's Jewish Quarter, the other from the Muslim section of the walled city.
        Each boy, unbeknownst to the other, tenderly cares for the animal until it disappears. When the two boys meet accidentally, both claim ownership and prepare to fight.
        The cat, on its regular route, crosses many religious and political borders, becoming an agent of peace that forces the boys to reconsider their own boundaries, expand their identification, and find a solution together.

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