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Santa Claus in Baghdad and Other Stories about Teens in the Arab World - by Elsa Marston (Paperback)

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Specifications

Number of Pages: 198

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Indiana University Press

Age Range: Teen

Book theme: Middle East

Author: Elsa Marston

Language: English

Street Date: May 13, 2008
TCIN: 77779876
UPC: 9780253220042
Item Number (DPCI): 247-08-3207

Description

What is it like to be a young person in the Arab world today? This lively collection of eight short stories about Arab teenagers living in Iraq, Tunisia, Egypt, the West Bank, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and a Palestinian refugee camp engagingly depicts young people's experiences growing up in the Middle East. The characters, drawn from urban and rural settings and from different classes as well as a mix of countries, confront situations involving friends, family, teachers, and society at large. Along with some specifically Middle Eastern issues, such as strife in Iraq, the hardships of life in a Palestinian refugee camp, and honor crimes, the young people deal with more familiar concerns such as loyalty to friends, overcoming personal insecurities, dreams of a future career, and coping with divorcing parents. Coming of age in a complicated world, they meet life with courage, determination, and, not least of all, humor. With accompanying notes that provide contextual information, Santa Claus in Baghdad brings a fresh perspective to youth literature about the Arab world.

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