Parents' Guide to

A Stone in My Hand

By Debra Bogart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Intense story of Palestinian family in Gaza Strip in 1989.

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age 10+

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age 10+

If you consider Israelis to be like Nazis, you will like it

The book has absolutely nothing to do with the reality of the Israeli Arab conflict and the author should have stuck to the old maxim — write about the things you know. In stead, the book is manipulative and simplistic and, frankly, given that Israel is the only Jewish state, antisemitic….but in a gentle, not crude way. I wonder, if the author were to see the pictures of little Jewish girl with her limbs torn off by a suicide bomber from Gaza, what would she say. Well, we know. She averted her eyes from the dead Jewish child and instead looked at the young Israeli soldier and saw a Nazi instead. Now this book is being pushed on young children in American schools to teach them to hate Jews, the new Nazis.

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A Stone in My Hand is a powerful story of one family struggling to survive life as refugees. The American author does a wonderful job of creating a portrait of a warm, loving Arab family struggling to survive under siege-like conditions and the tragedy of childhood lost to religious conflicts and violence.

Being true to Malaak's young perspective, a stone in the hand is the only weapon available to children who feel that they, too, must rebel against the soldiers on their streets. This may be a sad read for many young readers, and parents should be prepared to answer questions about the political realities in the Middle East.

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