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    • Children's & YA

      A Paper Tale

      by Takla Oubada

      The white paper felt sad for being left blank. But its feelings changed when it saw the writer’s hand waking the sleeping pen up, and drawing letters and words on its white page.

    • Children's & YA
      August 2013

      Ghadi & Rawan

      by Fatima Sharafeddine and Samar Mahfouz Barraj

      Ghadi is a young teenager of Lebanese origin, living in Brussels. Like so many Lebanese emigrants, Ghadi’s family comes to Lebanon during the summer holidays. Ghadi spends his summer with his cousin and friends in the family’s mountain house, among whom Rawan, the daughter of his grand-parent’s neighbors. Ghadi and Rawan are very close friends, and at the end of summer, when each of them goes their separate ways, they stay in touch via e-mail. The novel is built on their correspondence. From the moment the plane lands, Ghadi misses Lebanon and his friends, dreaming of the next summer. He has many friends at school, but he is also bullied by an older boy. Rawan, with her sense of humor and creativity is quite popular among her friends, and that year decides to run for the elections of the students’ representatives. Tensions at home are nevertheless more and more palpable, as Rawan’s father regularly comes home in a very bad temper. Rawan is convinced that her parents are on the verge of divorce. Having overheard a phone conversation, she also believes that her father has a lover. This situation is distressing, and Rawan has trouble concentrating at school. She feels lonely, and her anxiety pushes her away even from her closest friends. Meanwhile, in Brussels, Ghadi gets mixed up in drugs, unwillingly, and falls under the power of the boy who’s been bullying him. Each on their own, Rawan and Ghadi will find ways out of their problems, and will learn and grow from their experiences, while their friendship strengthens. With this novel for young adolescents (13 year olds), the two authors tackle issues that are central in the lives of young teens all over the world. The relationship to family members, to friends and classmates, drugs and violence, unemployment, racism, exile, identity and roots, are all issues that are touched upon in the novel.

    • Children's & YA

      I Am Not Alone

      by Ramy Tawil

      Maher realizes one day he is an only child with no siblings. He starts to feel a bit lonely, and wishes he had siblings - like his friends and cousins. Luckily, his toys are here and now it’s time to show Maher what it means to be surrounded with brothers and sisters.It’s a heartwarming story that shows how rich and powerful the imagination of an only child can be.

    • Children's & YA

      I Am Special

      by Nadine Kamal Karrit

      You may be both different and the same as all the other children.This is what this book tackling the Down Syndrome explains, through the story of a child who just wants to be friends with everybody else.

    • Children's & YA
      August 2017

      I Have Two Homes Instead of One

      by Lorka SbeityIllustrated By: Mona Yakzan

      “I am happy now, I have two homes instead of one. I visit my father in the village during the weekend. My mom reads me bedtime stories And I will not see her sad anymore.” The story targets a big part of any community nowadays; it deals with divorce from the children’s perspective. It shows the separation’s psychological damages on the child if not well approached. It facilitates the smooth and healthy acceptance of divorce for both parents and children.

    • Children's & YA
      May 2019

      Mila's Pearl

      by Fatima Sharafeddine

      A painful incident at school leads Mila to take a very important but secret decision, which is to lose her excess weight. She is so determined to accomplish her goal in order to prove to everyone, especially those who bully her, that she is totally capable of it. Mila gets carried away with her goal to the extent of reaching the state of Anorexia. She denies having a problem for the longest time, until she realizes that her condition has become life threatening. This YA novel deals with the issue of Anorexia, an eating disorder that is becoming more common in many modern cities of our days. The author built the character of Mila based on several testimonies of teen agers and their accounts on their sufferings with Anorexia. Is it true that once Anorexic, always Anorexic? Mila will find out the hard way.

    • Children's & YA
      February 2014

      Red Line

      by Samar Mahfouz BarrajIllustrated By: Mona Yakzan and Mira El-Myr

      Mazen, a young boy, is one day surprised by their neighbor Bassam shouting with anger in the street “My parking spot is a red line!” Does this mean he plans to paint the street red, asks Mazen to his mother? The mother explains to Mazen that what Bassam means is simply that no one is to park in his place. The notion is still vague to Mazen: Why red? Does it have anything to do with red traffic lights? The mother tries again “When something is a red line, it means that it is off limits to others”. In this illustrated album, Samar Barraj boldly addresses the delicate issue of child sexual abuse. Acknowledging the complexity of the boundary it tackles, the book determines it through examples the mother and child raise in their conversation. Mazen’s spontaneous remarks and comments point out the difficulty of defining this red line, and make of the book a realistic example of such a conversation. The illustrations develop the notion further, by representing situations in which the red line might be crossed – one may be on his bicycle, at his computer, or approached by a respectable-looking old man in the street. The body parts are not named, but are represented in a naïve drawing Mazen made, though the text insists on the importance of preserving the body as a whole. The colorful images and constant presence of the mother and parents make of the book a reassuring experience despite the gravity of the topic.

    • Children's & YA

      What's On Your Face?

      by Fatima Jamal Abdullah

      Amin, a little boy, is the narrator of this story. Ill with the vitiligo disease, which causes his skin to have large white stains, Amin struggles in school.As Amin describes his daily challenges, young readers gain a better understanding of his behaviors and learn valuable lessons about tolerance and acceptance. As his parents say, what matters is that he has a white heart, pure and kind

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