Top positive review
Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2015
To be honest, I struggled with this book from the beginning. After a couple of chapters, I finally started to realize my struggle with the text. There are moments of flashbacks embedded into the story that I wasn't realizing at first. That, coupled with the cultural terms and vocabulary kept me at bay. Once I got that figured out, the story began to flow more easily for me. While reading it for my own pleasure, I also couldn't help but wonder if this would be an appropriate selected to include in my 5th grade classroom for my students to read. After I became fully involved with the book and attached to Fadi, the main character, I knew that the challenges I felt could be easily resolved by providing my students with a little heads-up as to what to expect. In the end, this was a beautiful story which again opened my eyes to the fact that there are people on this earth who lump everyone of a particular culture into the same pot. It reminded me a great deal of my conversations with my daughter when she was stationed overseas during a deployment with the US Army. She made it perfectly clear to me that it was important to not blame the negative doings of some people in a particular culture on the entire culture itself. I will definitely be purchasing this book to add to my classroom library. It'll be a great addition to my historical fiction genre - especially one where my students can learn a lesson on accepting people of all cultures and beliefs.