A Stone in My Hand

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By Cathryn Clinton
Publisher Candlewick
A Stone in My Hand
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In Gaza City, 1988, a sensitive, observant girl finds her voice and the strength to move beyond the violence that surrounds her.I am Malaak Abed Atieh, and this bird is Abdo. . . . I live in Abdos eyes. . . . I fly high, high above Gaza City. . . . Nothing stops me not the concrete and razor wire, not the guns, not the soldiers. I stare at them with my hard black Abdo eyes, and they do not shoot me. I am hidden.It has been a month since elevenyearold Malaaks beloved father left Gaza City to look for work in Israel, only to disappear. Every day she climbs up to the roof and waits for him, imagining that she can fly to the prison cell where she is sure he waits. She speaks little to anyone, referring to commune with the loyal little bird she has tamed. Malaaks brother, Hamid, has his own way of coping. The volatile twelveyearold feels only anger, stoked by militant extremists who preach violence as the only way to change their fate. Malaaks mother and sister beg the boy to stay away from harm, but now Malaak lives in fear: is she destined to lose her only brother as well?

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31249 words31,249 words
192 pages192 pages
Lexile 540LLexile 540L
Grade 7 to 12Grade 7 to 12
Age 12-17Age 12-17
Published 2002Published 2002

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