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10 thoughts on “A Little Piece of Ground

  1. Ghada Arafat Ghada Arafat says:

    A really great book that made me feel that no matter what my kids will make it in their livesI wish they will be as strong as Karim I beleive that parents should read this book to get an idea of how our kids servive here


  2. Marcy prager Marcy prager says:

    This is a middle school story about Karim his family and his friends all Palestinian facing the roadblocks and bullets of the Israelis I have read so many books from the perspective of the Israelis It is important to remember that there is no single story When countries and people are at war the innocent always suffer by all the countries involved in conflict Karim's grandparents' land was taken olive groves and all Curfews were a daily part of Ramallah the small town in Palestine where Karim and his family lived Karim's uncle spoke of truth when Karim spoke of his hatred of the enemy as he watched his father being humiliated at a border and his grandparents were barred from picking olives from their land Watching them I see what we humans are capable of I know that we could be like them too They've shown me how bad human nature can be If we had power over them or over anyone else for that matter we'd do the same things that they do It's what happens when the conuerors rule the conuered the powerful hate their victims or they wouldn't be able to bear the thought of what they're doing to them In their eyes we're nothing inferior barely human They can't abide the knowledge that I learned long ago that we're all the same These words ring true for me when I think about the evil rulers of empires throughout historyKarim's uncle also spoke words of wisdom when he said Endurance that's what takes courage Decency among ourselves That's where we must be strong When they steal from us and try to humiliate us the real shame is on themselvesAmerican children need to read global stories in order to discover all of the true stories of war torn countries and the people who live in constant danger throughout the world Reading these stories from all perspectives gives students different coming of age stories those of fear courage and in some cases understanding


  3. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    It is difficult to talk about Palestine and Israel with out being polemical The conversation often falls into policy politics and history that maintains an impossible place of resolution for manyLaird paints a picture of occupation that is both relevant and frustrating Her story holds a human element that often gets lost in ideology and politics Laird walks her audience through exhaustive curfews inflicted on Ramallah Palestinians by the Israelis through Karim a twelve year old boy protagonist Karim's teeth begin to itch after two weeks of being detained in his home His aching for life beyond his home is expressed as he and his siblings find small ways to antagonize one another and his inability to concentrate The curfew creates further tension in the home as his parents are unable to work during this time and their children are not in school Small little details like this began to work on my imagination As I read the book I realized how much I had neglected to think about the day to day life of those living in places like Ramallah and Bethlehem The choice to use a twelve year old boy as the protagonist worked well Laird proved to be highly adept at characterization Karim was neither precocious or overly adult Instead he read like a twelve year old boy looking to be free hurriyah to play with his friends Karim still holds a youthful admiration of his father that time where his father is still a bit of a hero But he is forced to reconcile his father's limitations as he watches his father suffer under the fear and anger of the young Israeli soldiers and settlers who inflict humiliation and fear on the Palestinians What I appreciated most about Laird is her willingness to nod at the complexity of the issue in this region While it would have been easy to show the Israeli soldiers as unilaterally violent and ruthless Laird takes time to paint a human face on those occupying Palestine Yet there can be no uestion that Laird is clearly sympathetic to those being placed under curfew and whose land is often boldly taken with impunity Despite this she points to a young soldiers shaking hand from fear and seeing his brother's face in that of a young soldier who was feeding a stray cat after having taken siege Karim's soccer field It is the human face at every angle that left me feeling a deep sense of tragedy for the conditions that exist in this region After all the political and historical conversation settles like dust there are the human lives that are left in the wreckage of battle There are people searching for the simple routine of a day and the ability to simply live their lives on their terms like all of us As I read this book I was reminded of Steinbeck's The Moon is Down While his prose are a bit smooth the focus on occupied people looking to push out the perceived oppressor is the same A good book for all ages I think it could easily be read in a fifth grade class with a teacher skilled at helping students discuss nuanced and challenging ideas about human nature and politics


  4. Janet Janet says:

    For someone who has read The Diary of Anne Frank too many times to count this was an important book to read The book follows the lives of a Palestinian family and their friends told primarily through the eyes of an adolescent young man who aspires to become a professional soccer player despite curfews that curtail his ability to spend time outside doing much of anythingIf the mark of an educated person is to consider all sides of important issues we probably need books like this one books that help our adolescent students consider the lived lives of the enemy


  5. Tony Tony says:

    I picked this up because it's about Palestinians and soccer both topics I have an interest in However I was a little leery of it being a book pitched at teenage readers I was worried that it would either be too simplistic or didactic or mawkish Fortunately it is none of those things rather it is a nuanced story with a Palestinian boy at its center that any reader can relate to Karim is a pretty typical 12 year obsessed with soccer and video games constantly annoyed by his younger sister and older brother and chafing at life under constant threat of military occupation and curfew in Ramallah The story follows his new friendship with a refugee boy in parallel with his close friendship with a Christian schoolmate Their antics are both entirely plausible and utterly chilling in the stakes that are involved What the book does best of all is portray the difficulty of trying to live a normal life let alone build a future in a place where an outsider's tanks might roll down the streets and destroy your school at any moment To be sure I suppose most would consider this a pro Palestinian story but it's really a pro humanity story


  6. Eli K Eli K says:

    The topic covered by this book the Israeli Palestinian conflict is a very important and interesting but it was presented in a very biased way It over exaggerated the oppression which Palestinians face and it failed to mention to actions by Palestinians that caused a lot of these actions which are portrayed as ‘oppression’ I found it hard to get into this book knowing that this was not so accurate I also thought that the uality of writing was very poor I think that there are probably much accurate and much better accounts of this conflict out these which should be read instead of this


  7. carrietracy carrietracy says:

    I can’t remember the last time I read something that offered me such a different perspective than the one I am used to hearing about I don’t know this is something typical of most people in the United States due to media coverage or whether it’s personal because I know Jews than Muslims but the plight of the Palestinians has never really been something I knew very much about You hear the news reports of bombings the words West Bank and Gaza Strip but I personally was ignorant about what life was like for Palestinians and I expect many readers in the target age group are as wellKarim and his family live in Ramallah a city which is freuently subjected to tight curfew The book opens with all of the families completely trapped within their homes while Israel tanks patrol nearby When everyone is finally given an hour outside people rush to buy food and medicine for loved ones School is rarely in session; students pick up work to complete at home at first due to the restrictions about leaving their homes and later because their school has been destroyed Karim longs for some normalcy hanging out with his friends playing soccer things that many kids are liable to take for granted One day he meets a classmate on the outskirts of town by the refugee camps and they begin clearing rubble to make a place of their own But their days of freedom are short lived as tanks roll back in imposing another curfew Karim does not make it back home in time and must hide waiting and hoping he will be able to safely make his way back homeFor a book that deals with children leading an almost unthinkable life A Little Piece of Ground manages to convey the gravity of the situation without resorting to graphic violence or sensationalism Laird shows the psychological effects that living in an occupied zone has on both children and adults The only thing that was very difficult for me were the parts where Karim rejoices in Israeli deaths talks about how suicide bombers are martyrs and where people shout Death to Israel These are hard things because this is how the news often depicts Palestinians fervent violent jubilant at the deaths of their enemies But I think Laird manages to show why Karim and his brother might feel this way I also think it’s important for kids to consider why during violent and longstanding conflicts like this people sometimes find themselves unable to just wish for peaceFor age recommendation and all possibly objectionable content see full blog post


  8. S10_Abby Alley S10_Abby Alley says:

    Protagonist Karim 12Grade Level 7 10This book is about Karim a twelve year old Palestinian boy living in Ramallah during the Israeli occupation Karim’s number one love in life is soccer When he meets a boy named Hopper he stumbles on the perfect place to create a soccer field – an abandoned lot filled with rubble Hopper a boy living in the refugee camp Karim and Karim’s best friend Joni a boy from a Christian family decide to work on the lot to make it into a soccer field and importantly into somewhere they could call their own Ramallah is under Israeli curfew and becomes incredibly tense when Karim is trapped in the lot past curfew with no way out This incredible story about life from the eyes of a Palestinian is powerful and realistic It is a perspective that deserves attention and discussion Elizabeth Laird does a great job of developing realistic characters I liked that Karim developed a lot of anger and hatred for the Israelis It is only natural that would happen and I am glad she didn’t hold back It was also a nice combination to have the perspectives of a boy living in the refugee camps compared to Jani – a Christian boy who’s family eventually left Ramallah I think it’s important to show how diverse Palestinians are and how the Israeli occupation affected people in different ways I am so fascinated by the conflict between Israel and Palestine so it was an enjoyable book for me to read If I were a middle school or high school teacher I would love to read this book with something written from the Israeli perspective It is really easy to take sides when you hear just one side of the argument but it would an interesting discussion to try to figure out a way to make it right or solve the conflict Some other books that could go well with this one are Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye Tasting the Sky A Palestinian Childhood byIbtisam Barakat or Three Wishes Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak by Deborah Ellis Also there are plenty of other times in world history that one country has occupied another and I think it could be worthwhile to read other accounts similar situations to compare experiences precipitating events and discuss why this is such a recurring theme in world history


  9. Illyria Illyria says:

    Boys will be boys even in Israel occupied Ramallah In the days when Israeli tanks enforced long curfews that keep him cooped up at home with his bullying brother Jamal his obnoxious sister Farah piles of homework from school that keeps getting disrupted and news of skirmishes death and injuries on TV Karim dreams of becoming world class footballer a successful businessman and inventor of special acids to destroy the Israeli barbed wire fenceBut as his uncle Abu Feisal said in the night after their brush with Israeli forces that shot at them when they came to pick olives from groves that had been owned by the family for hundreds of years life is not that simple Karim's meeting with Hopper a boy from the refugee camp and later their crusade to carve out a niche of their own will teach him that life and heroism is anything but simple While the book bluntly delineates the kind of terror frustration fear and boiling rage that comes with living under an occupation it also manages to delicately discuss the issue of hatred enmity and ultimately courage and martyrdom while giving the readers a candid glimpses of how life goes on and children grows even in the most atrocious of circumstancesI am fascinated by the dialogs in this book In my opinion Laird had managed to capture the way Middle eastern people speak amongst themselves rapidly with fierce emotions and eually fierce love


  10. Samar Samar says:

    I really like this book but that doesn't mean I liked what happened in it was disgustingIn this book the protagonist is a little boy called Karim and he's 12 years old and he's living through the time of war in Palestine the Israelis have taken over his country and have separated the land Every three days or should I say three or four days there is a curfew where everyone in that area is allowed out for two hours in that two hours karim does nothing but football with his best friend Joni a little piece of ground gently introduces what's happening in Palestine at the moment to younger readers and it's put in as nice as it possibly can but even at its best it's still horrible Karim meet a friend called hopper and him hopper and Joni make a little piece of ground to play football in They visit there every day but one day they stayed past curfew and the tanks came rolling in They took over the area a hopper was shot up the leg journey managed to getaway but Karim was unfortunately trapped under some boulders he stayed under those boulders hiding for three whole days cleverly falling the Israeli soldiers when the Israeli soldiers moved out for the curfew and when the curfew was lifted he came out but what he didn't know was that there were snipers on top of the building he started running he got shot down that he got shot down the leg and Luckily his brother his older brother Jamal was that to bring him into the hospital


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