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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,015 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Naomi Shihab Nye Narrator: Christina Moore Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For 14-year-old Liyana Abboud, life in St. Louis, Missouri is perfect. She loves shopping in the nearby stores and walking down streets where she knows everyone. Even better, she has just had her first kiss. But her father is moving the family to Jerusalem - the land where he was born.

Suddenly Liyana finds herself a stranger in a threatening world. Shopkeepers bargain in odd-sounding languages, soldiers roam the neighborhoods with guns, and kissing in public can be downright dangerous. At home with her family she is still Habibi - Precious. But to everyone else, she is only a half-American, half-Arab nobody. As the days stretch into months, Liyana wonders if she will ever find a place in her father's mixed-up homeland.

Naomi Shihab Nye's richly poetic prose won a Jane Addams Book Award and was an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists. Christina Moore's moving performance will make listeners laugh and cry - and view the world from a whole new perspective. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kristyan Williams | 2/20/2014

    " This book begins somewhat slowly and seems predictable at first, but it introduces the reader to a side of the Middle East not seen in the media or in textbooks. Students will learn such facts as the difference between an Arab and a Palestinian, and about the complexities of the relationships they share with one another and their homeland. The story is told from a very unique perspective in that the main character has lived her entire life in America before her family moves to Israel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nikki Adkins | 2/17/2014

    " How I wish I could write like this... she even mentioned Diane Ackerman's Natural History of the Senses - clinching that this was a book for me. This and Zazoo are definitely my favorite books of late. Beautiful and unusual, Habibi and Zazoo each capture such unique, strong, rich personalities - both of character and place. Ah - and the theme/element of poetry is important in each... There is a quote on the back of the cover from the New York Times review which says "Gives a reader all the sweet richness of a Mediterranean dessert." Hard to say it better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Emma Foster | 1/20/2014

    " Could have been good had I not have to have done dialectical notes for every page. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by JACLYN☻☺☻☺☻☺☻☺☻♥♥♥ | 1/9/2014

    " it was a boring book but that's just my opinion>>> "

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About the Author
Author Naomi Shihab Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye has received a Lannan Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, and four Pushcart Prizes. Her poetry collection 19 Varieties of Gazelle was a finalist for the National Book Award; Honeybee was awarded the Arab American Book Award. Nye is currently serving on the board of chancellors of the Academy of American Poets. She has edited several honored and popular poetry anthologies—including Time You Let Me In, Salting the Ocean, and This Same Sky—and is the author of the novels Habibi and Going, Going. Nye lives with her family in San Antonio, Texas.