A Stone in My Hand

A Stone in My Hand

"With a sharp eye for nuances of culture and the political situation inthe Middle East, Clinton has created a rich, colorful cast of characters and an emotionally charged novel." — SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)I am Malaak Abed Atieh, and this bird is Abdo. . . . I live in Abdo's eyes. . . . I fly high, high above Gaza City. . . . Nothing stops me, not the...

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Title:A Stone in My Hand
Author:Cathryn Clinton
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A Stone in My Hand Reviews

  • Molly McCullough

    This books is historical fiction and goes in depth to some pretty interesting topics. It is very touching and moving. I think that this book would be good for anyone who likes realistic fiction also, because it is like a story.

  • Isabella

    it makes me cry! very sad book! :(

  • Elizabeth Root

    This is a historical fiction novel of an eleven year old girl living in the Middle East. The story is told by the girl during the violence in Gaza. Young Malaak's father disappears and her brother joins a radical group during the same time. Malaak must find the courage to move past all of the violence.

  • Caitlin

    This novel is fantastic, it opened my life to the world of books. Before I read this book, I thought that books were for nerds and to go to the library with my older brother was a nightmare. But thanks to this eye opening book by Catherine Clinton, my life hase been enriched by words.

  • Juwairiah Omar

    I absoulutly loved this book! It really takes you to view in the eyes of what the Palestinain people are going through , especailly since the Main character is a child, Mallaak. I dont want to give the book away, especailly when i do reviews but here is a brief summmary: Mallak and her family live in Palestine during the Isreal occupation. Life is very hard for Mallak and her family. Her dad is gone and know one knows what has happened. Or so it seems that Mallak's mother is keeping that in

    I absoulutly loved this book! It really takes you to view in the eyes of what the Palestinain people are going through , especailly since the Main character is a child, Mallaak. I dont want to give the book away, especailly when i do reviews but here is a brief summmary: Mallak and her family live in Palestine during the Isreal occupation. Life is very hard for Mallak and her family. Her dad is gone and know one knows what has happened. Or so it seems that Mallak's mother is keeping that in silicence. In secret. And her brother, Hamid , is in the *shabab. His views on the war are clear but he wants to take more than words of peace to the street. He is a fighter but his fighting agianst the Isreali gov and soilders leads to trouble.

    ( *Palestian youth group. usually consisting of very young boys to sometimes Teens. But most people involved in defending Palestine from the Isreals are more occupied with the Intifada.)

    A terrible incedent happens to change Mallak and her family

  • Ashley

    Synopsis:

    1988 Gaza City is anything but peaceful. Tensions between Israel and Palestine are worsening by the day with fights in the streets and curfews. One day, eleven year old Malaak's father boards a bus to Israel to look for work. Her father never returns and Malaak befriends a bird on top of her home's rooftop to cope with her loneliness, sadness, chaos, and uncertainty that surrounds her. Malaak's older brother Hamid, is driven by anger, which is fueled by extremists which teach violence

    Synopsis:

    1988 Gaza City is anything but peaceful. Tensions between Israel and Palestine are worsening by the day with fights in the streets and curfews. One day, eleven year old Malaak's father boards a bus to Israel to look for work. Her father never returns and Malaak befriends a bird on top of her home's rooftop to cope with her loneliness, sadness, chaos, and uncertainty that surrounds her. Malaak's older brother Hamid, is driven by anger, which is fueled by extremists which teach violence is the way to deal with atrocities committed by Israeli troops.

    Malaak must make sense of her political and physical surroundings and find her strength to rise above her conditions.

    Review:

    I loved this book! A Stone in my Hand is thought provoking and gives a unique perspective into the tensions and fighting over Gaza. Don't get me wrong, I am very pro-Israel but this story shows how fear, anger, misunderstanding and violence begets more fear, anger, misunderstanding, and violence which ultimately ruins lives, families, and national security. Read more of my reviews at hernosestuckinsomebook.com

  • Anika

    Words just can't describe how much I loved this book... Oh yeah, sure, make fun of me because it looks as though I only loved this book because it had so many references to my religion and Palenstine/Israel, but that's not it. This was just the raw emotions of a girl having to grow up in this time period and the loss of her father (which was WAY TOO WELL WRITTEN!!!) that made me freakin' BAWL. Her brother was really cool and I understood his intentions, and...GAH! I dunno..this book will always

    Words just can't describe how much I loved this book... Oh yeah, sure, make fun of me because it looks as though I only loved this book because it had so many references to my religion and Palenstine/Israel, but that's not it. This was just the raw emotions of a girl having to grow up in this time period and the loss of her father (which was WAY TOO WELL WRITTEN!!!) that made me freakin' BAWL. Her brother was really cool and I understood his intentions, and...GAH! I dunno..this book will always be one of my favorites. :)

  • Mary Ann

    Even though this is rated for grades 5-8, it would be enlightening for all ages as well as beneficial. It reminds one that regardless of which side you pull for there is also another side to the story. Told from the viewpoint of a younger sister we get a glimpse into the loss and sorrow that comes to Israelis as well as Palestinians. It also reminds me to count my blessings each and every day!

  • Maha

    what a sad and never ending story i loved it and i think everyone sould read this!

  • Julie

    It's 1988 in a Palestinian community in Gaza City and Malaak has been deeply traumatized by the disappearance of her father during the '88-'89 Intifada. She learns that he was killed in an Islamic terrorist bombing and she must summon great courage to regain her connection to reality, especially when she must confront her brother who has chosen to engage in the violence. Clinton has treated a controversial topic with a compassion and fierce honesty that transcends the taking of sides. Briskly

    It's 1988 in a Palestinian community in Gaza City and Malaak has been deeply traumatized by the disappearance of her father during the '88-'89 Intifada. She learns that he was killed in an Islamic terrorist bombing and she must summon great courage to regain her connection to reality, especially when she must confront her brother who has chosen to engage in the violence. Clinton has treated a controversial topic with a compassion and fierce honesty that transcends the taking of sides. Briskly paced, full of well-wrought characters and beautifully written.

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