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"A moving testament to the impact one person can have and the devastating effects of occupation."
--Elizabeth Lund, Washington Post
"From her own understanding and research, her father's stories and information gleaned from Janna's posts, Nye creates poetry that imagines the turbulent life of a little girl in a world of war and injustice. The work sharply illustrates the ubiquity of explosions and constant military presence, as well as the confusing and disappointing role the U.S. has played in the oppression of some over others--but juxtaposed against this are themes of vegetation, fruit and trees that give the reader hope that life will continue, and that someday Janna and others like her will thrive once again."
--Karla Strand, Ms. Magazine
"Incisive and unsparing, Nye's poems will buzz in readers' brains long after reading them."
"On every page, Shihab Nye's insistent call is the same: people, all people, deserve to live safe and healthy lives, free from fear and violence . . . Her poems are a clarion call to readers to see the violence in Palestine and elsewhere, and to do what they can to work for peace."
"This book is more than a book of poems. It is a call for awakening."
--Lone Star Literary Life
"Naomi's incandescent humanity and voice can change the world, or someone's world, by taking a position not one word less beautiful than an exquisite poem."
--Ibtisam Barakat, nominating judge for the 2013 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature
"'You are living in a poem.' This is how the poet Naomi Shihab Nye sees the world, and she teaches how this way of being and writing is possible. She has engaged the real-world power of words since her upbringing between her father's Palestinian homeland and Ferguson, Missouri, near where her American mother grew up. Her father was a refugee journalist, and she carries forward his hopeful passion, his insistence that language must be a way out of cycles of animosity. A poem she wrote, called 'Kindness, ' is carried around in the pockets and memories of readers around the world."
--Krista Tippett, host of On Being
"Naomi Shihab Nye is an American, an Arab, a Poet, a parent, a woman of Texas, a woman of ideas. Her poems speak of ordinary things--things we take for granted until it's almost too late."