Where the Streets Had a Name

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Where the Streets Had a Name

By Randa Abdel-Fattah

Scholastic Press, Hardcover, 9780545172929, 313pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2010


Critically acclaimed author Randa Abdel-Fattah's middle-grade debut about the journey -- and risks -- a Palestinian girl will take to save her family.

Thirteen year old Hayaat is on a mission. She believes a handful of soil from her grandmother's ancestral home in Jerusalem will save her beloved Sitti Zeynab's life. The only problem is that Hayaat and her family live behind the impenetrable wall that divides the West Bank, and they're on the wrong side of check points, curfews, and the travel permit system. Plus, Hayaat's best friend Samy always manages to attract trouble. But luck is on the pair's side as they undertake the journey to Jerusalem from the Palestinian Territories when Hayaat and Samy have a curfew-free day to travel.

About the Author
RANDA ABDEL-FATTAH is the author of the YA novels "Does My Head Look Big in This?, " "Ten Things I Hate About Me", and "Where the Streets Had a Name". Her books are published around the world and she regularly gives talks and workshops at schools and writers' festivals. Randa lives in Sydney, Australia, where she works as a litigation lawyer and is also a human rights activist.