The Almond Tree

Publication: 2012

Author: Michelle Cohen Corasanti

A universal story of human courage and perseverance.

Gifted with a mind that continues to impress the elders in his village, Ahmed Hamid struggles with knowing that he can do nothing to save his friends and family. Living on occupied land, his entire village operates in fear of losing their homes, jobs, and belongings. But more importantly, the people fear losing each other. On Ahmed's 12th birthday, that fear becomes reality.

With his father imprisoned, his family's home and possessions confiscated and his siblings quickly succumbing to hatred in the face of conflict, Ahmed begins an inspiring journey using his intellect to save his poor and dying family. In doing so he reclaims a love for others that was lost through a childhood rife with violence and loss and discovers a new hope for the future.

A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of half a century of conflict, The Almond Tree is a powerful novel that allows us to walk in one extraordinary Palestinian’s shoes and see the world through his eyes.

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DUTCH | Xander
FRENCH | Charleston/Leduc
GERMAN | Fischer Verlag
ITALIAN | Feltrinelli
NORWEGIAN | Gyldendal Norsk
POLISH | SQN
SPANISH | Ediciones B
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