Sunday, July 11, 2010

Summer Break Reading Challenge (8)

For this activity, Karin the Librarian has asked participants to create a Read-a-Like-List of books. We can choose any type of book, but there has to be some sort of explainable connection between the books. I've chosen to think about a group of YA books set in the Middle East. I am taking part in the Middle East Reading Challenge, hosted by Helen of Helen's Book Blog.

I haven't read a lot of YA books that take place in the Middle East, but I feel like I should. Every year, I have students who (for one reason or another) choose to serve our country and enter in one of the branches of the armed forces. Right now, I have at least four former students and two relatives who are serving in the Middle East.

It really used to feel that I needed to teach students about multiculturalism because my students needed to learn to get along with and understand ethnic populations and diversity within our own country. Now, I feel that I absolutely need to be able to prepare my students to encounter other cultures in other countries. Not the same experience.

Before I can teach, I need to learn. I've made a concerted effort in the past to read about African and Asian countries, so this year I'm going to move on to the Middle East. Here are some titles that I hope to read, in no particular order.

I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali


In the Name of God by Paula Jolin

IraqiGirl: Diary of a Teenage Girl in Iraq by IraqiGirl

The Space Between Our Footsteps: Poems and Paintings from the Middle East by Naomi Shihab Nye


  1. I don't know what age range you're talking about by another young adult novel about the Middle East is Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers

  2. whoah - nice list. I dont think I've read any YA books set in the middle east? I have read some adult thrillers that are set over there

  3. Great idea for a theme! I have the book Does My Head Look Big In This by Randa Abdel-Fattah. It's about a young woman who decides to where the Hijab full-time. She lives in Australia. Haven't read it's on my TBR pile.

  4. this is a great theme and i will definitely have to check out some of these books

  5. Such a relevant topic - good choice.

    I have a couple of books I enjoyed to add to your list if you're interested:

    READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN by Azar Nafisi (nonfiction)

    VEIL OF ROSES by Laura Fitzgerald



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