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Amani longs to be a shepherd like her beloved grandfather Sido, who has tended his flock for generations, grazing sheep on their family's homestead near Hebron. Amani loves Sido's many stories, especially one about a secret meadow called the Firdoos. But as outside forces begin to encroach upon this hotly contested land, Amani struggles to find suitable grazing for her famAmani longs to be a shepherd like her beloved grandfather Sido, who has tended his flock for generations, grazing sheep on their family's homestead near Hebron. Amani loves Sido's many stories, especially one about a secret meadow called the Firdoos. But as outside forces begin to encroach upon this hotly contested land, Amani struggles to find suitable grazing for her family's now-starving herd. While her father and brother take a more militant stance against the intruding forces, Amani and her new American friend Jonathan accidentally stumble upon the Firdoos and begin to realize there is more to life than fighting over these disputed regions. Amani learns a difficult lesson about just what it will take to live in harmony with those who threaten her family's way of life....

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The Shepherd's Granddaughter Reviews

  • Madeline
    2019-05-30 10:50

    I consider myself a politically moderate person. I do not consider myself an intolerant anti-Semitic bigot. I definitely do not believe in excessive violence as a problem-solving tool. I've attended three bat mitzvahs in my life. I like Jews. I'm saying all of this so that you can fully understand the implications of the statement I'm about to make:Reading this book made me want to go to Palestine and kill Israelis. For those fine patriots reading this review and getting ready to break down my door because I flagged terrorist alarm bells somewhere, please allow me to explain that this feeling, luckily, did not last. Once I finished the book and spent a few minutes sitting quietly in a corner, I calmed down. I promise, I no longer want to kill anyone. But I have never, ever read a book that made me so incredibly angry. Not because the story is particularly inflammatory or inaccurate, and I'm pretty sure it wasn't written with the express purpose of making me want to kill Israelis. (my friend, for instance, also read this book and was in tears for the last fifty pages) This book made me angry because of the endless, frustrating parade of injustices that happen to the protagonist and her family. That's why it gets three stars, by the way - the story really wasn't that great, but I felt it deserved credit for stirring such powerful emotions in me. The story is about a shepherd girl named Amani. For hundreds of years her family has grown olive trees in a valley and grazed their sheep on the nearby mountain. That all changes, however, when the Israeli settlers roll in and decide they're going to build a settlement on the mountain, thereby cutting off the family's grazing pasture and eventually destroying their farm and livelihood. I cannot list all of the things the settlers do that made me furious. Here are some of them:They build highways right across the family's land - highways that Palestinians are not allowed to drive on. They arrest Amani's uncle and then her father, and hold them in prison without trial. They fence off the mountain where Amani grazes her sheep and shoot at her when she gets too close to the fence. Her family is not allowed to harvest olives from their trees near the fence, because the Israeli soldiers think this will give her family a chance to hide snipers in the trees. When her family goes near their trees, the Israelis shoot at them and throw rocks from behind the fence. Her mother, having left the country to visit Amani's dying grandmother, is detained at the border because she "has a suspicious look." The settlers poison the water trough where Amani brings her sheep, and nearly the entire flock dies. They bulldoze her house. They shoot and kill her fucking dog. I know there's another side to this story. I know the Israelis have their own reasons for claiming Palestine, but whatever those reasons are, they aren't very well represented in this book. According to the book, God told the Israelis that the land was theirs, so they just strolled in and took what they wanted, and fuck the Palestinian farmers who are kind of living there already. "God told us to" has always been and will always be a really stupid fucking justification as far as I'm concerned. So, I'm asking my more politically-savvy Goodreads friends to please explain the other side of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. This clusterfuck cannot be nearly as simple as The Shepherd's Granddaughter makes it seem. Dear god, let it not be that simple. Read for: Social Justice in Young Adult LiteratureUPDATE: Hey, I'm famous! Jewish Tribune thinks I'm a vapid asshole. feel like I should get a commemorative plate made: "First Time Being Quoted Out Of Context." Yay? UPDATE UPDATE: Marjorie Ingall's article is up, and it's very good. Enjoy!UPDATE, ONCE MORE WITH FEELING: Marjorie Ingall wrote a blog entry about the banning issue, and Brian Henry (the gentleman who used my words to prove that this book should be taken out of schools) commented on it. At the moment of posting this, it looks like there's a nice debate starting over whether Mr. Henry actually quoted me out of context or not. Henry, on the off chance you're actually reading this, let me just say: you most certainly did quote me out of context, and while I cannot control how you use my words, I can at least voice my disgust that something I wrote is being used to support your cause. Plus, let's be honest: banning books? Sweetie, kids don't care. They have the Internet now.

  • Shannon (Giraffe Days)
    2019-06-01 17:01

    If you needed any more proof that banning - or trying to ban - a book will cause more people to read it than before, I am it. I first heard of this book just a few weeks ago, when it became a suddenly controversial issue in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and in the news. It is a book promoted by the Canadian Library Association and in grade 7 & 8 curriculum, but came under fire for being biased against Jews. Thankfully, it wasn't banned in the TDSB (or anywhere). But the furore certainly drew me in. I take a great interest in the issue of censorship and banning books (I'm hugely anti), and I have developed a great interest in reading more about the Palestine-Israeli conflict, and the lives of the people who live in the region. It is in the news again this week, regarding the Israeli's stopping - with bloodshed - the arrival of aid to Palestine; and, at home, the banning of the words "Israeli apartheid" in the Toronto Pride Parade this year.I think to read a book in a non-politicised way is to do it and yourself a disservice. You can, of course, read a topical and contentious book as just a story, but you won't learn anything by it, you won't think critically about the story, its message, or reflect on your own thought processes. Books aren't to be read to tell you what to think, but to think, hopefully critically. Yes, this is the teacher coming out in me, and the academic, as well as the book lover. It is so important to hear more than one side of any given issue, but more than that, to empathise. And that is what The Shepherd's Granddaughter excels at. Not a manipulation of your emotions, but a voice that reaches out, quietly begs to be heard and felt, and is rewarded because it is trusting and respectful and yearns for something better.The Shepherd's Granddaughter is the story of a Palestinian girl, Amani, living with her family on their farm, nestled in a valley not far from a village where other family members live and where they go to school. The family has a vineyard, an olive grove, and about a hundred sheep. When Amani is just six she talks her shepherd grandfather ("Seedo") into teaching her, and over the next ten years she is homeschooled so that she can tend to the sheep, taking them up onto Seedo's Peak, which they share with a wolf.It is not until after Seedo dies that things become really bad. The Israeli's have built for themselves a highway through the land, turning up one day to bulldoze the heart out of their vineyard to make room for the road. Then they make a road up onto Seedo's Peak, fence the hill off and build a settlement there, leaving Amani with nowhere to take her sheep to graze. The settlers fear the Arabs in the valley below, Amani and her family, and feel free to poison Amani's sheep, have their olive grove ripped out (snipers could hide there and shoot at the settlers), and, because the settlers don't want to live so close to any Palestinian "dogs", bulldozers arrive to tear down the three houses of Amani's family.This is not an "all Jews are bad" story. This is a story about what many Palestinians have endured, being pushed off their land, being persecuted on the flimsiest of accusations, and generally terrorised. It shows how, when pushed so far, people will bite back. We are just another kind of animal, territorial and protective and, when attacked, defensive. We also yearn for a place to call home, for people to love, to be loved, to belong. The Israelis and Palestinians are identical in being human, and in their humanity, are unable to communicate and share. I read in another book recently, that children care more about justice than truth. I remember believing, as a child, that the two are inseparable, but regardless I think children do care strongly about justice, and see it more clearly than adults. How many times have you heard kids, or did you say yourself as a kid, "That's not fair!" Children are more moral than adults, in this way. We dismiss their outburst as being too simplistic, "You don't understand, it's more complicated than that." But is it? Should it be? Have we just made it so complicated because, worse than children, we don't want to give any ground, we'd rather fight to the grave than share?In The Shepherd's Granddaughter, Amani befriends a Jewish boy from the settlement, Jonathan, who came to Israel with his father from New York. Jonathan is sympathetic to the Palestinian's situation, and disagrees with what the settlers are doing. The two together are voices for their people, whether rightly or wrongly, to illuminate prejudice and understanding, belief and opinion. No, it is not a simple issue. But reading this book, I empathised so deeply with Amani and her people - disagreed with them at times too, but always empathised. It was a hard book to read, quick (I read it in a day), but hard because it involves your heart and head so much. Your heart rages, your head fills, empties, rethinks, fills again. And at the end of it, I cried. I cried not just for Israel and Palestine, two people who have made a crap situation worse, a situation that will probably never be resolved because it has gone too far into the extreme, into unforgiving territory with both sides wanting only the annihilation of the other, wanting only revenge - but also for every other displaced people in the world. Empathy is being able to put yourself in someone else's situation, in their very emotions, and feel them too, as if they were your own. It goes much deeper than sympathy, which is more a surface emotion. Empathy is essentially this: as I was reading it, I imagined, with great clarity, another people turning up one morning, destroying my home, ignoring my voice, pointing a gun at me if I tried to so much as move, while they coldly, calmly reshaped my world, my home, they way they wanted and moved other people in there. I felt how very defenceless, useless, ineffective I would be. It is a great fear humans have, I think, being invaded and displaced, considering how often it is reflected in fiction, including alien stories, and how many wars have been fought over this very thing. And yet, what is scary about Palestine, is that there is no one to defend these displaced people. They have no army or police force to fight back for them, no (effective or powerful) government to condemn it. And they have no voice, because no one wants to listen. If this happened to me here, in Toronto, or at home in Tassie, you can bet my and your white-skinned bum the world would hear about it, and come to my aid. This is what made me cry: that there is no one, or no one who matters, to speak up for the Palestinians. Perhaps this is changing over the last decade, especially as things get worse, but with terrorists on both sides of the conflict, and as our own lands destabilise and become more dangerous, people do not seem interested in getting involved at all, in caring at all.We have such a long history of doing this to ourselves, time after time, and never learn. Never learn to love our neighbour. Never learn to live with our neighbours. Never learn to appreciate them, to learn from them, to humble ourselves. The Israelis aren't the only displaced people in the world. And the Anglo-Europeans aren't the only displacers in the world, or in history. The Jews in Israel feel defensive because the Islamic countries surrounding them, or many of them, refuse to acknowledge them or grant them the right to land of their own. But their response to it has only inflamed it to the point of no return. We must have such little faith in one another, our fear of the alien Other is so entrenched no matter your background or religion, that we isolate ourselves and look askance at everyone else. Amani and Jonathan are two very different people who stop and listen to each other, who really look at each other until they are no longer aliens. They each extend a hand of friendship and understanding, and discover what they both have in common. There are many messages in this book, good messages, as well as being a powerful and moving story to read. It is well written, doesn't moralise, isn't self-indulgent. Carter is a librarian who has lived in Israel and was sympathetic only to their side until she met some Palestinians - it was only after learning both sides of the story that she felt she understood better. This is a fictionalised account of the true story, about people she met and talked with many times. You can read an interview with her from the Toronto Star here, reproduced on Did You Know along with background on the controversy. One thing she says that stuck out for me, was that she wrote it "with the Jewish audience in mind": she wrote it for them, because they won't listen to the Palestinians themselves, and so can claim ignorance of what their neighbours are experiencing.Another book that also gives voice to both sides is Three Wishes by Deborah Ellis, in which children from Israel and Palestine speak.

  • Bob
    2019-06-05 14:33

    The Israeli-Palestinian conflict isn't as simple as made out in this one-sided story. The author has taken every bad thing ever done by any settler, made up a few more, and inflicted them all on the hapless heroine and her family. In real life, the Israelis haven't built a new settlement in ten years. The govt in the area where this family lives (near hebron) is the Palestinian Authority. If settlers were encroaching on their lands, the Palestinians would have appealed to the Israeli courts (which they do all the time). The courts would have come down on their side. The Israeli army probably wouldn't ever be involved at all, but if it were, it would be on the side of the Palestinians. There are roads (or parts of roads) that are for the exclusive use of Isralis (both Jewish or Arab). It's a security measure put into effect because Palestinian terrorists like to ambush cars with Israeli licence plates and murder the driver and passengers. The author would probably excuse her flights of fancy on the basis that this is a work of fiction. It would be more accurate to call it a work of propaganda. In her review, Madeline comments that the book made her want to go and kill Israelis. I think that's exactly the effect it's supposed to have. In his review Ryan Webb said the book made him think Israelis are Nazis. Ryan may not be aware that the Nazis murdered 6 million Jews and millions of other people, too. But again, he can be forgiven for his over the top reaction, because that's exactly the sort of response this book is designed to create.

  • Ryan
    2019-06-14 11:37

    This is an important book that should be read by everyone because it brings Palestine to life through Amani's world. It is good book on its own, but I read "The Boy who Dared" at the same time and the experience made it even more powerful.Helmuth spoke out against what a majority of people now believe was an evil regime, Hitler and the Nazis. This makes him a freedom fighter, a hero. As I read of Amani's life, I began to question my own government's support of Israel, a country that exists largely because of the wrongs inflicted by the government that Helmuth spoke out against. Amani is a Palestinian girl whose family has raised sheep and olive trees on the same land for a thousand years. She and her brother love their land, she wants to be a shepherd like her grandfather, loves the olive harvest. Yet by the end of the book, all her sheep are gone - sold to buy food because her family can no longer transport their olives to market, poisoned by Israelis who settle on her family's land. The Israeli soldiers arrest her uncle and her father when they question these actions - drag them off to prison where they are held without bail, without trial, without rights. Her brother is detained when the family tries to enter a nearby town because "no Palestinian boys are allowed." Is her brother, her father, uncle - is she - a freedom fighter because they question Israel's right to take their land, their livelihood? Or are they terrorists because Israel is a friend of the United States and only terrorists would question Israel's right to exist - even at the expense of others? Is Israel any better than the Nazi government who took Jewish property, arrested Jewish men and women without cause, put them in prisons without bail, trial, rights, who killed millions of Jews? This book made me think about patriotism, my country and the truth. I attended a professional football game after reading both and found myself still brought to tears by the national anthem, still deeply in love with the ideals and ideas of my country. But deeply ashamed that we shred the dignity, culture and history of so many people, that we provide fear, unemployment and hardship to thousands of young people who want nothing more or less than our own children - and then we kill them, arrest them, torture them and because we call them terrorists, we claim ourselves to be freedom fighters.

  • Teri Weaver
    2019-05-23 10:34

    This author expertly crafts a story that juxtapositions the ancient with the modern, the shepherd and the cell phone. Amani, known as “sheep girl” to some, is a young girl who desires to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a shepherd. This is more difficult that she imagined because Israelis occupy the land and are turning it into settlements. Living in a world of her ancestors’, Amani practices the traditional, Muslim law. The muezzin alerts the prayer times and her family responds. She is aware and accepting of how “a good Muslim behaves.” Her father reminds the reader that the “Qu’ran doesn’t teach us to kill civilians, innocent people,” a point that arises often in books that address the Palestinian and Israeli conflict. Amani learns that “The modern world is different… Back then we only lived in the valley during spring and summer. We followed the tradition of our ancestors, camping like Bedouin in the cave close to our fields until harvest.” Caught between an ancient way of life and the modern world, complete with iPods, Amani struggles to hold onto her culture, customs, and traditions. Some of her family lament that at Birzeit University, “the girls don’t cover their arms or heads.” But Amani’s father espouses that “If we’re going to survive we have to adapt to change.” The author includes many of the observances of the Muslim law such as alcohol and “going out with girls” is forbidden, and it is of great importance to fast during Ramadan. Many of the characters support the law and its traditions, but it is clear from the story that much of the way of life of the Palestinians is in jeopardy. It is interesting to note that the oppression the Arabs suffer in this story echoes the protests of the Native Americans. The reader knows that these Palestinians will surely lose their land. In a poem written by Amani, the reader realizes that she has a strong attachment to the land, her “blood is mixed with the soil of our land and I will never leave.” A parallel could be easily drawn between these people and Native Americans who lost their land. This is a compelling story that I believe students will not have heard before.

  • Jonathan
    2019-06-16 14:45

    Nonsense. Pure nonsense. If I could give this book not a single star, believe me, I would. If an author is going to select to write about such a complex, intricate topic, she should be sure that she actually puts in some research and doesn't fill the story with imagined nonsense just to provoke some emotion from the reader. Stories this biased and untrue should not even be permitted to possess a space on a library shelf as they have the ability to give readers completely false ideas and instigate new anti-Semetic feelings in many young readers. ISRAEL is a land where there are many troubling events occurring. However, what the prejudiced and uneducated author needs to learn is that the Palestinians are not as innocent as this book makes them out to be. Suicide bombers are martyrs? Give me a break. I know someone who instantaneously lost his innocent, Jewish son on a typical bus ride in Israel.. Why? A Palestinian suicide bomber. Let me also say that Israel has given up much land, including much of the West Bank, in an attempt to make peace. Palestinians just want it all, but it's the Jewish people's land just as well. There has never been a publicized case on Jewish settlers evicting Arabic people by poisoning their sheeps and killing their dogs, as well as nonchalantly razing their houses. If you look this book up in a book store, you'll discern that it is placed in the Fiction section, because that's what it is, pure, total, imagined fiction. Shame on the author for influencing people in such an adverse way using such lies!!!

  • Steve Cran
    2019-05-17 10:54

    Palestinian life under Israeli occupation. Seedo the grandfaather in a Palestinian extended family thaat has has had afamily shepherd for thoousands of years passes on thee responsibility to his granddaughter even over the objections of the rest of thee faamily member. Amani is the young girl who chooses shepherding over school. She enjoyes sheperding until something traumatic happens Israeli settler from AMerica take part of her land for settlement building. It becomes unsafe for her to take the sheep over to Seedo's peak. From apprehension to violence the story moves on. Settlers shoot one of her sheep in front of her, lateer theey poison her sheep kiling all but one. A new highway is opend to only Israelis. When they driive to Al Khalil her uncle the family lear afteer Seedo dies is arrested,beaten aftr he drivess on the highway. His harvest of graapes is thrown to the floor. Amani beffriends a sixteen year old who disagreees with all that is beeing done and eventualy reeturns to New York. Close to the endAmani witnesses her house being demolished and her fatheer geting aarreested. THe story is written specifically for yooung adult. If you wnat to understand how the Palestinians view th current conflict I strongly advise thise book. ONe of th main characters , Amani's, Faather is for aa peaceful solution with out violence. I believe that is the author's point of view as well

  • C.E. G
    2019-05-24 15:00

    Considering the topic is one of the most hot button political issues in North America, I'm not at all surprised that people have tried to ban this book from school libraries. But as with many book challenges, it sounds like many of the challengers haven't actually read it. If they had (with an open mind), they would see that it's a balanced exploration of the Palestinian side, and that the story calls for nonviolent responses to the complicated conflict. This interview gives a little more information about the author's background and research, which I find persuasive.I think I would actually give the book 3 stars for how much I enjoyed it, but I tacked on another star because I think it's a story that needs telling.

  • Ola
    2019-06-07 17:45

    اسم الكتاب: حفيدة الراعياسم الكاتب: آن لوريل كارترعدد الصفحات: 219دار النشر: كلماتالتقييم: 4/5تدور أحداث هذه الرواية في فلسطين المحتلة، وتتناول قضية تأثير الإحتلال على الفلسطينين .."أماني" حفيدة الراعي كانت تتمنى أن تكون راعية مثل جدها، وبالفعل تمكنت من تخطي عقبات رغبة أهلها بالدراسة لتكون راعية، ولكن لم تكن رغبة أهلها هي العقبة الصعبة بل وجود الاحتلال والمستوطنين الذين يريدون أن يسرقوا أرضهم وماءهم وترابهم، فما هو مصير أماني وما هو مصير حلمها بأن تكون راعية؟

  • Staci
    2019-05-16 15:38

    When I finished this book I couldn't for the life of me understand why anyone would want to remove it from libraries. This book does not make Israeli's out to be evil people, but it does bring to light some of the issues that Palestinian's live with on a daily basis. I feel that this book is important because it gives notice to both sides of the story and portrays each side in favorable and unfavorable lights. Yes, Israeli's are portrayed, at times, as tyrants pushing their way into the lands occupied by Palestinians. But then the author shows how some Palestinian's want to react with violence and threats. We all know that this way of dealing with conflict can not continue, but how do you stop it??? Well, it sure as hell isn't by censoring and removing books that certain groups of people take issue with. We start by educating our children and showing them that violence, no matter which side of the fence you're on, is not the answer. And hope and pray that this new generation of humans will somehow bridge this cultural difference. Will it happen? I don't know, this conflict is ancient, but I do know that we need to have honest, thoughtful discussions about the issues. I for one will be talking about this book to the students at my school that I feel will appreciate the story within the covers and be smart enough to start asking questions, investigate, and make an informed decision about how they feel in regards to this situation. I urge you, the reader, to pick this book up and make that decision for yourself...should we allow groups who don't like that another point of view (other than theirs) is being brought to light and they want to stop you from questioning the information that you've gathered from the nightly news, newspaper, magazine, and the internet get away with censorship?????? Regardless of where you stand on this issue, this book deserves to be on the shelves of libraries worldwide. I am one librarian who will make sure that the copy at my middle school is never pulled from circulation.

  • Farwa Khtana
    2019-05-20 18:02

    The Shepherd's Granddaughter is a story I can connect with at the spiritual level. Amani's experiences of having her father and uncle arrested by Israeli soldiers, of having her grandfather's land stolen from her and her family, and of having her home demolished in front of her own eyes, are not merely just her experiences, but the experiences of hundreds and thousands of Palestinians like herself. Palestinians have been suffering for over 50 years under Israel's military occupation while the rest of the world continues to just sit and watch. Not only is the treatment of the Israelis towards the Palestinians both unjustified and cruel, but it also highlights the urgency of confronting this problem now. I can't understand why school boards would think of banning this book because of its supposedly "anti-semitic" vibe. The book is doing nothing more than illuminating the reality of the Israeli occupation, without hiding or sugar-coding anything. Sorry, but sometimes the truth needs to be toldas it is, without any filters, even if it's bound to hurt a few people's ever so sensitive feelings. I just want to clarify that I amnot an anti-semetic person. In fact, I love all people. Jews are undoubtedly as dignified and as respectable as any other human beings, and even though I am a Muslim myself, I wouldneververbally attack any Jew for simply being a Jew. I used to have a Jewish classmate in 5th grade and she was one of the most brilliant and talented girls I knew.But , the pressing reality is that the behavior of Israelis, who just so happen to be Jews, towards Palestinian Arabs is just plainwrong, and should NOT be tolerated. This book does its job of informing youth of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict incredibly well, and with the necessary bluntness and simplicity that is so vital to fully understanding the conflict. I truly believe that educating youth on the barefaced REALITY of the situation in this part of the world is the only way to help create real change.

  • Megan Geissler
    2019-06-09 15:46

    This book is intense. Follows the point of view of a young Arab girl in the occupied West Bank as she grows up tending to her family's sheep and deals with various changes and loss. The depiction of the Palestinian experience is very vivid and mirrors a documentary in its detail. She becomes more perceptive of the world around as she grows, becoming acutely aware that her family's physical space is shrinking due to illegal settlements. The author conveys Amani's confusion and pain and anger convincingly, and yes, the settlers are presented as pretty despicable creatures ... because through their actions, they are. Their behavior in the book is exactly what goes on in Palestine every day - demolitions, destruction of fields and livestock, violence. She is able to recognize there are good people "on their side", who come to her and her family's defense. This book was disturbingly real, unfortunately, with lots of sadness, but it also contains moments of hope. I can see how some misguided would distort the story, but it's hard to argue with a little girl's reaction to her sheep being killed and father jailed.

  • Melissa Sommer
    2019-05-30 10:48

    This book tells the story of a Palestine girl, Amani, who lives with her family. Amani's family has a vineyard, olive grove, and a herd of sheep. The shepheards grandfather, Seedo, teaches Amani while she is being homeschooled. However, trouble breaks lose when Seedo dies and terrible things start happening to the farm, where Amani and her family are living. I thought this book started off slow, but then once I got into it I couldn't put it down. It had a lot of information about the Palestine and Israeli conflict and the lives of the people who live in those regions. The book also shows how the Palestinians and the Israelis are just really unable to communicate and come to agreements. I also noticed the story shows when people are pushed so far, to their limits, they will strike back.

  • رومولا الن
    2019-06-11 10:38

    أماني تلك الفتاة التي كان اقصى احلامها انت تكون راعية مثل جدهايتحقق حلمها لكن يد الاحتلال الاسرائيلي في فلسطين لا يتركها بحالهاتأتي الجرافات لبناء مستوطنه على أرضهم التي ورثوها من اجدادهاوهنا يبدأ الظلم الذي يمارس على كل الفلسطنيين في بلدها فيبدؤون اليهود بمحاولة طردهم من بلادهم بحجه انهم ارهابيون...!يالا الغرابه من يحملون البنادق و المدافع يسمون مزارعين عزل بالارهابيين بينما هم اصحاب حق فعلاا في فلسطين انقلبت الايهوماتزال فلسطين غصةً بقلب كل مسلمالروايه جميله وقصيره وجميلة انصح بها

  • Kate Hannigan
    2019-05-30 10:37

    Kudos to Anne Carter for taking on a challenging topic -- perhaps THE most challenging topic in today's political climate. She gives voice to a population never heard from in American literature, let alone children's lit. She may be criticized for the perspective she takes in "Granddaughter," but the call to ban this book is ridiculous. It is a great launching point for discussion and nothing to be shied away from.

  • Sarah Al-gadi
    2019-06-08 11:51

    قصة أماني الطفلة التي أصبحت راعية للأغنام خلفًا لجدها الراعي، في أحد وديان فلسطين المحتلة. العديد من المغامرات والعلاقات الفريدة تعيشها أماني البنت مع الأغنام، وعائلتها والمدرسة والمستوطنون. تتعرف أماني على شاب من المستوطنين في مثل عمرها، يرفض ما يفعله أهله، لكنه لا يستطيع المساعدة عندما يهدمون بيتها ويقتلعون أشجار العائلة.

  • Susie
    2019-05-31 14:59

    This was an interesting book to get the Palestinian point of view. It was slow paced - I think to reflect the kind of life these people led. Israelis are definitely the bad guys in the book. The ending leaves you hanging and was disappointing.

  • Shahad Al alwani
    2019-06-10 11:34

    رواية جميلة جداً، تتحدث عن معاناة الفلسطنين بطرقة قصة قناة تدعى "أماني" التي تحلم ان تكون راعية مثل جدها.المعومات في الكتاب صيغت بطريقة متسلسة و واضحةو مبسطة، و من الجميل في النص إضفاء كلمات عبرية، استشعرت معاناة الفلسطنين فعلاً بعد قراءة الرواية.

  • Paula Soper
    2019-06-05 10:34

    A love seeing the Israeli Palestinian conflict from another point of view. The Palestinians have lived on their lands for hundreds of years, but then the Israelis want the land that they say God gave them. Tough situation. My frustration deals with how difficult it seems to be for two groups of people to live in the same country.The book. Oh, the book. I want all of my students to read it. I want to pass it out like candy to keep me (and a lot of Americans) from being so hard-line pro-Israeli and anti-Palestinian. I care about the olive trees, and the grape vines, and the sheep. I cared about the dog. I cared about the grandfather and the girls going to school. Read it!Warnings:Drugs - NoSex - NoR&R - Humans are frustrating!Language - NoViolence - Middle-grade

  • Lotte
    2019-05-18 10:43

    The Shepherd’s Granddaughter covers the early years of a young Palestinian girl called Amani. Since the age of six, Amani has known that academic life is not for her, and that she wants to be a shepherd like her grandfather Seedo, who in turn takes her in as his apprentice. From here on, we follow Amani’s life as ‘the youngest shepherd in Palestine’ as she deals with the escalating Israel-Palestine conflict and the incoming settlement on her beloved ‘Seedo’s Peak’.I have to admit that I received this book seven years ago and didn’t pick it up until now, though I really wish I had done it earlier (back when I was still studying the Israel-Palestine conflict in high school, for example). The book is marketed towards ‘older children’ which is a bit of a vague concept in itself. In my head that means about age 10-13, but I think it’s more interesting for 13+, when (presumably) kids will have already learned a bit about the conflict and aren’t basing all their information on this book. That said, this book is certainly not just for kids.This last fact is important because, for the sake of the book, every negative event that could have befallen Amani did occur, for which it has received quite some criticism on goodreads because, as everyone likes to point out, “a new settlement has been created in Palestinian territory in ten years’. I did in fact think throughout the book that it took place at least 20 years ago, until I realized that many characters throughout the book used cell phones.Anyway, because of this I think the book is more appropriate for young teenagers and older, who hopefully already have some knowledge beforehand to be able to put the story into perspective and look further into the Israel-Palestine conflict outside the book. I do think this is a very important read due to Israel’s needs being more widely represented in the media and being unconditionally supported (at least in North America).Political issues aside, I think the book was was utterly heart-wrenching and beautifully written. I think the attitudes in the novel are accurately presented. Amani was a wonderful character to read about, and it’s very interesting to see her deal with all the issues she had to face (I won’t spoil anything, but they were difficult to say the least!) whilst maintaining and protecting her flock.I did think the last couple pages were a little too happy-go-lucky (probably had to be given the marketing audience) and not very realistic, but the rest of the book more than makes up for it.All in all, I’d recommend to anyone!

  • Pearls Magazine
    2019-06-12 10:50

    The Shepherd’s GranddaughterBy: Anne Laurel CarterClick here to visit our site for book recommendations, recipes, fun how to's and much more!___________________________________Since the time Amani was six years old, she wanted to be a shepherd just like her grandfather. Her family disagreed saying she was a girl and much too young. Her cousins and brother would tease, but Amani’s dream still came true. All Amani wanted to do was to travel up her grandfather’s hill letting the sheep graze and enjoying the view. However, her hopes crumbled quickly when her grandfather become ill and danger arose in the city. Soldiers, fighting and settlers changed everything. Will Amani be able to save those dear to her? Will she be able to save her dream?Anne Laurel Carter’s book, The Shepherd’s Granddaughter, is a gripping, powerful, yet sweet book. It brought tears to my eyes watching Amani struggle, losing family members and trying to live up to her dream. However, it put a smile on my face to see the love between Amani and her grandfather. It was both a moving and inspirational novel. I found the setting interesting because many books do not take place in a setting like Palestine, as it is a war torn city. Although this may be a fictional novel, it brings awareness into peoples eyes about what is happening in these places. It was also interesting to see that the book was a story about a Muslim girl. Not many novels out there have characters like this. Anne Laurel Carter did a wonderful job putting this story together. I would definitely recommend this book for teens and even adults.NOTE: contains mild violence- See more at:

  • Donna
    2019-05-26 13:45

    This is the story of Amani and her family who for generations have lived near Hebron keeping sheep. Armani wants to follow in her grandfather's footsteps and become a shepherd. Naturally every culture has it's ideas of the proper way to raise a girl and her parent's try to resist. The grandfather seems to endorse Amani becoming his apprentice so she quits school and spends her days with her grandfather learning how to care and raise the sheep. But this story is more than about Amani becoming a shepherd. It is about the Palestinians and the Israeli's. It shows us their conflict through the eyes of a child. Even an adult can learn something here. For years I had the wrong opinion about Palestinian's. But Amani's innocence and her fear and determination gives us an inside view. The Palestinian's really did want to live peacefully. Goes to show you that there is ALWAYS two sides to a story. This is a good multicultural book that I would recommend to middle schoolers. It tells the story of this long standing conflict in simplified terms. I felt convicted after reading this story. My heart bleeds for the Palestinian's who have suffered way too long. There are several themes in this story that would generate good classroom discussion: relationships, multigenerational families, aging, death, religion and the value of education to name a few. I am glad that I was introduced to this book and I highly recommend it to teachers. It is always good to read about the injustices and prejudices that other cultures endured. I want to know the story of the struggles of all cultures....not just my own.

  • Tara
    2019-05-21 19:00

    I struggled to get into this book, the third person narration made me feel detached from the story. That being said, once I struggled through the first quarter of the book the story and struggles of Amani's family captured my attention and I continued to read straight through to the end.I did enjoy the amount of modernization that was worked into the family's rural life: her father's cell phone, the internet cafe, and the recognition of 'changing times'. Not only does Amani's grandfather rule that despite being female she may replace him as shepherd but they are working to educate their children as they believe the times are moving away from rural jobs such as shepherding. "The world has changed. Give the crook to Amani" (65). Inclusion of these modernizations and consideration of the changing world helped me access this story a bit more than I would have if it seemed to be entirely rural.The [seemingly:] magical story Amani's grandfather tells her about the secret path to the Firdoos and the wolves there sounded like a beautiful story and connecting piece between Amani and her Seedo (grandfather), but in the end, it also fell flat. While I did enjoy the book more than I expected to when I began reading, in the end, I feel as though the story was rushed and came to an inconclusive end. There is too much going on between the family's internal struggles and the occupation causing the story to comes across choppy and underdeveloped and the narration kept the story distant.

  • Canadian Children's Book Centre
    2019-05-20 12:01

    Amani comes from a long line of shepherds and has always dreamt of becoming a shepherd like her grandfather. For generations, the family has grazed sheep above the olive groves of their homestead near Hebron, but now the land is being threatened by Jewish settlements and the construction of a new highway. Then Amani meets Jonathan, an American boy visiting his father who is one of the settlers, and away from the biases and pressures of their families, they discover that despite their differences, they have one important thing in common – a desire for peace. This new novel from author Anne Laurel Carter offers a different perspective on the land disputes in Palestine, told through the eyes of 15-year-old Amani. Strong-willed, intelligent, and completely devoted to her sheep, Amani is a wonderful character that readers will empathize with and enjoy. The story is well-developed, realistic and believable, without ever becoming heavyhanded or showing bias. The characters are completely human and not exaggerated, and by allowing Amani and Jonathan to meet alone in the yetundisturbed secret meadow, Carter lets readers see two teenagers who could be friends, and not enemies from opposite sides sworn to hate each other. Overall, this novel is a swift and thought-provoking read, and one which will hopefully transform the readers’ view of this very difficult topic and open up discussion with middle grade students.Reviewed by Rachel Steen in Canadian Children's Book NewsFall 2008 VOL.31 NO.4

  • Chelsea Bridge
    2019-05-23 17:33

    Reading the Shepherd's Granddaughter was an eye opening experience. Often times on the news we will hear about Palestinian conflict. Never have I ever attempted to place myself in their shoes. This well written book provides the perfect opportunity for one to practice the art of empathy. A family, namely a girl name Amani, allow us to sit awhile and experience the trials that come as they transition from multigenerational sheep herders and farmers to refugees. Amani (The Shepherd's Granddaughter) shares with us her story of the unwelcome settlement of Israelites onto their land.I would recommend this to any student who walked into my classroom. I would even add this book to a mandatory reading list. The best thing about this book, is that it is real. This book provides students a safe opportunity to learn about why conflicts are happening around the world. The reason I so highly recommend this book is because I feel not many books give students such an enriched educational experience without shocking it into them. It was a pleasant read. Not too stressful, yet allowed one to ponder on the circle of life. Warnings:Drugs - Cigarettes (Father smokes when stressed)Sex -NoR&R - NoneViolence - Yes, but with very little description. There is only the statement that the event is happening. An instance would be when a lamb was shot, and Amani simply states that the lamb was dead.Language - None.

  • mlb
    2019-06-13 17:01

    This was a difficult book on a difficult subject--the land conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. I had not had much exposure to the Palestinian point of view, which is present in the book through the main character, a young sheep herding girl, and her family. The Israeli side is also presented somewhat indirectly through a boy the main character befriends, but he seems to reject many sides of his people's argument. The book does a wonderful job depicting the conflict as one that is not black and white--there is no clear right side, and sadly, no easy solution. I felt sad after reading the tragic events experienced by the main character's family, yet I also understood that the hatred and violence goes both ways in this conflict. And the hatred runs deep--but as many characters show, it is not impossible to overcome. The story was well written and full of symbolism, beautiful description of the setting and the characters emotional connection to the land. The difficult decisions we must face in life were represented on many levels, from deciding which of her beloved flock must be sacrificed for food or to the wolf, to befriending the enemy and seeking help from those "on the other side". Loyalty to family and old world tradition are themes, as are the struggles young people face in embracing tradition and living in the modern world.

  • Lindy
    2019-05-16 11:38

    Winner of the Canadian Library Association's Children's Book of the Year, 2009.Amani Raheem is a Palestinian who loves sheep. She started accompanying her grandfather and the flocks into the mountain fields when she was six years old. She chooses to be home-schooled so that she can continue to learn her vocation as a shepherd, and, less than a decade later, she takes over the herd when her grandfather dies.The Raheem family farm lies in the West Bank some distance from Al Khalil (better known as Hebron). The grazing area for Amani's sheep is gradually encroached, first by new Israeli roads, and then an illegal Israeli settlement is built right on her family's lands. Injustice and tragedy come one after another. It is an absolutely heartbreaking story. I can't remember the last time I cried so much over a novel.Without ever becoming preachy, the strong message of this book is one of peace and nonviolent protest. Carter tells a compelling story. I highly recommend it to anyone (Grade 6 or older) looking for insight into the complicated situation in Palestine. Another powerful book on this topic (suitable for Grade 5 and up) is a collection of interviews put together by Deborah Ellis: Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak.

  • Mirrani
    2019-05-22 12:48

    Telling the story of the conflicting sides between Palestinian and Israeli people, this book gives readers a chance to live in the shoes of a Palestinian girl who has gone against the norm and become a shepherd like her grandfather. Many changes happen around her family's land as she grows into the role she has chosen for herself and these things directly affect her livelihood, not to mention the fate of her family.I was easily caught up in this story and felt I had lived through parts of it myself. The writing made it easy to sympathize with the shepherd's family, but I felt wasn't overly cruel to the Israeli side, though they were clearly the "bad guys" in this story. Yes, many bad things happened because of the way the Israelis treated her family, but the inclusion of an Israeli "friend" for the girl tries to soften things a bit and succeeds where it needs to, I think. Their time together, short as it is, is proof that not every person in one group is incapable of thinking of the consequences of the group's actions and how they hurt people on the "other side."This book for middle school aged readers is an excellent look at character and recent history that we should not ignore.

  • Scarlett Sims
    2019-05-26 16:47

    My biggest problem with this book is really my own fault.I don't know anything about the situation with Israel and Palestine, other than the fact that there is a conflict. But when I read this book, I could really tell I was basically being preached to and that this author had an agenda. The book tells the Palestinian side of the story, which from what I understand would be the side most Americans would never hear. That makes this book important. But I didn't like this being my first introduction to the issue. As a critically thinking adult, I can read this and think, there has to be more to it so I'm going to find something else. However the books is aimed at kids--probably upper elementary or middle school--and I'm not confident that most of them would think the same way. Let's face it, a lot of people don't use logic or any kind of critical thinking. So I wouldn't want someone to take this as the only version of events.I did actually like the story, the writing style, and the way the events unfolded. My only complaint was the political nature of the book-- I could tell I was being manipulated and didn't like that.

  • Kate Mcatee
    2019-06-13 16:55

    Amani, a young palestinian girl, had longed to be a shepherd just like her grandfather ever since she could remember. The power and safekeeping was something she had been born with, a kind heart and powerful soul was one that had to be a shepherd. After giving public school up at a young age, she knew that her grandfather was going to leave the sheep to her to care for.After finding her Black sheep in a cliff giving birth to a newborn sheep, Amani finally knew she could handle anything that would come her way alone. Her grandfather soon passed away after many travels into efficient parts of Israel for medical help, but his time to leave the Earth was then. Amani knew how hard it was to have people all over town see her as the shepherd even when no other women were even thought to be anything other than mothers. Amani is faced with many short-comings such as the slaughter of her sheep, and even land being taken by the soldiers. Through love and strength she finds a way to be a successful and hopeful shepherd to her sheep, in respects to who taught her best-Grandfather.