The Shepherd’s Granddaughter

The Shepherd's Granddaughter by Anne Laurel Carter, published by Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press.   A realistic novel set in contemporary Palestine. Firmly grounded in the values and love of her extended family, Amani rejoices when her grandfather wisely grants her wish to become the first female shepherd in a line of shepherds reaching back thousands of years. But, when the family pastureland is usurped by an Israeli settlement, Amani faces challenges different from any shepherd who has gone before her. With immediacy and emotion, Carter's novel purposefully centers on Amani's family, its traditions and love of the land to give texture and meaning to an array of individual responses to violence and oppression. Amani's struggle to come to grips with a world she cannot understand or accept creates a framework for addressing questions about peace, war and injustice that are of utmost importance in the world today. Honor Book for Older Children, 2009.

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