Where the Streets Had a Name by Banda Abdel-Fattah

In the novel Where the Streets Had a Namewritten by Banda Abdel-Fattah, a 13 year-old girl named Hayaat goes on a wild adventure in order to save her grandmother’s life.  Hayaat had believed that a handful of soil from her grandmother’s ancestral home in Jerusalem would cure her from her terrible illness.  However, the obstacle is that where Hayaat lives, which is in Bethlehem, there is a wall that divides Hayaat and her family from all the places that are needed, including the travel permit system.  With Hayaat’s friend Samy, they go on a long journey to get the ancestral soil for her sick grandmother.

My favorite character in the book was Hayaat because of how confident and determined she was.  My favorite part of the story was when Samy and Hayaat had been on the journey to the ancestral home.  I would give this book a 5 because it was based on the author’s true life and had taught a valuable lesson.  I would recommend this book to people who love adventures.

Submitted by MH

Hayaat is a thirteen-year-old.  She goes on a mission.  She thinks a really big part of soil from her grandmother’s ancestral home in Jerusalem will rescue her special Sitti Zeynab’s life.  The problem is the unbreakable wall that breaks up the West Bank as well as the curfews, checkpoints and her best friend Samy.  Samy is always getting into trouble.  they happen to have some luck along the way though.  Samy and Hayaat get a curfew-free day to travel to Jerusalem.  Their journey is not far, but it feels like a lifetime to get through.
My favorite character is Samy because she causes trouble, which means she is an exciting person.  Their curfew-free day is the best part of the book.  It is the kids’ turn to take a break from everyday life.  To be honest, I wasn’t impressed with the book and I wouldn’t recommend it.

Submitted by Brittany Balboa

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