Write down the five best thingsyou want to do (or be) in my life.Write down the five things youdon’t want to do (or be).
The ten best things I want to do (or be) in my life.By Karim Aboudi, 15 Jaffa Apartments, Ramallah, Palestine. 9. Alive. Plus, if I get shot, only in the places that heal up. Not the head or spine, inshallah. 10.To live an ordinary life, in an ordinary country. Free Palestine.
A Little Piece of Ground tells the story of a young boy living in anextraordinary situation. It treats Palestinian children just like otherchildren. It relays the everyday story, experiences and emotions ofa young Palestinian child who wants "a little piece of ground" toplay soccer on, and how that is thwarted living under Israelimilitary occupation on the West Bank.
“No one but Elizabeth Laird could have writtenthis book. She has lived in the Middle East. Sheknows it, feels it, loves it, grieves for it and hopesfor it. Read A Little Piece of Ground, and we knowwhat it is to feel oppressed, to feel fear every day.And we should know it, for this is how much of theworld lives. We are apt to see events in Palestineand Israel as television drama; violent andrepetitive. But in this book we are taken intoRamallah, we live there, no longer mereobservers, but involved as we should be." Michael Morpurgo - award-winning childrens writer
• To challenge students perception of “Other”• Breakdown harmful stereotypes• Teaching diversity is teaching humanity
Issues- Avoiding Bias- Violence and grim realities- Censorship
"I am left with a profound sense of shock anddisgust at the irresponsible decision to publishwhat I feel is a racist, inflammatory and totallyone-sided piece of propaganda at a time whenefforts are being made to resolve this conflict." Phyllis Simon, co-owner of Kidsbooks, in her campaign to suppress publication of the novel.
"If anybody would like to write a book about theeffects of suicide bombing on Israeli children, orwhat its like for an Israeli child, I would very muchwelcome that. I think that would be an excellentthing to do. Because I think that all aspects of thistruth should be understood." Elizabeth Laird, in response to Simons campaign
Like ordinary boys everywhere, they have their ownpersonal obsessions. And the main obsession thatthey have is playing soccer, and they want to find aplace to play soccer.I was profoundly shocked by what I found, by the realdreadfulness of peoples everyday life, the increasingpoverty, the harassment, the curfews. And itoccurred to me then that it would be a propersubject for a novel to see how children are managingunder these circumstances.
The task of the novelist is to be true to the story. Andwhat Ive tried to do in my book is to be as true aspossible to what it is like to be a Palestinian child today.Authors of childrens books have a particularresponsibility to portray multiple sides of a sensitivepolitical situation because children dont have the samecritical faculties as adults.I would very much have liked to have put in that story asympathetic Israeli character and, indeed, I tried to seehow that could be done. But theres no point in making asentimental attempt to show a half-truth when thewhole truth is there in front of me.