Monday, December 25, 2017

Balcony on the Moon by Ibtisam Barakat-ADVISABLE

Barakat, Ibtisam, Balcony on the Moon. Pgs. 240. MacMillan Publishing, 2016. Language: G, Mature Content: PG, Violence: G

Growing up in Palestine was not easy. Living in a time period full of turmoil and the Six-Day War of 1967, being a girl in Palestine was even harder. Inspired by her correspondence with her favorite author, Ibtisam wanted to be a writer. To do so, however, she needed a good education. With the support of her father, her mom and her pursue their education. In this memoir, she recalls what it was like for the women in her family. How her mother’s chafing against the cultural and religious norms of the time forced her to leave school and other struggles. Her words are eye-opening, poignant, and engaging. The narrative is easy to follow and is well written. Fans of the young reader’s edition of I Am Malala and narrative non-fiction will want to pick this book up.

MS, HS. ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Jessica M, Library Media Specialist.

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