Wishing Upon the Same Stars

Jacquetta Nammar Feldman (Author)
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Age Groups: Ages 7 to 9, Ages 10 to 12

A poignant coming-of-age middle grade debut about Yasmeen Khoury, an Arab American girl who befriends the Jewish Israeli girl next door. Perfect for fans of Front Desk and American as Paneer Pie.

When twelve-year-old Yasmeen Khoury moves with her family to San Antonio, all she wants to do is fit in. But her classmates in Texas are nothing like her friends back in the predominantly Arab neighborhood in Detroit where she grew up. Almost immediately, Yasmeen feels like the odd-girl-out as she faces middle school mean girls and tries to make new friends. Then Yasmeen meets her neighbor Ayelet Cohen, a first-generation Israeli American. The two girls gradually grow closer and Yasmeen is grateful to know another daughter of immigrants who understands what it feels like when your parents’ idea of home is half a world away.

But when Yasmeen’s grandmother moves in after her home in the West Bank is destroyed, Yasmeen finds her family and Ayelet’s suddenly at odds, forcing them both to grapple with how much closer the events of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict are than they realized. As Yasmeen begins to develop her own understandings of home, heritage, and most importantly herself, can the two girls learn there’s more that brings them together than might tear them apart...and that peace begins with them?

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SKU 142017
ISBN 9780063034396
Language English
Page Count 384
Product Type Paperback Books
Book Type Middle Grade Novels
Primary Contributor Jacquetta Nammar Feldman
Age Groups Ages 7 to 9, Ages 10 to 12
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers