The Book of Trees

The Book of Trees

By Leanne Lieberman

Orca Book Publishers, Paperback, 9781554692651, 243pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2010

Description
When Mia, a Jewish teenager from Ontario, goes to Israel to spend the summer studying at a yeshiva, or seminary, she wants to connect with the land and deepen her understanding of Judaism. However, Mia's summer plans go astray when she falls in love with a non-Jewish tourist, Andrew. Through him, Mia learns about the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land and starts to questions her Zionist aspirations. In particular, Mia is disturbed by the Palestinian's loss of their olive trees, and the state of Israel's planting of pine trees, symbolizing the setting down of new roots. After narrowly escaping a bus bombing, Mia decides that being a peace activist is more important than being religious.


About the Author
Leanne Lieberman is the author of several books for young adults. She lives in Kingston, Ontario, with her husband and two sons. For more information, visit www.leannelieberman.com.