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A Little Piece of Ground

A Little Piece of Ground

Published: 12 Jul 2018

Paperback / softback, 224 pages

Recommended for age 9+ and 11+

By Elizabeth Laird

Published by Pan Macmillan

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A fifteenth-anniversary edition of this heart-stopping and sensitive exploration of the lives of children marred by conflict, from award-winning author Elizabeth Laird.

In Elizabeth Laird's A Little Piece of Ground, twelve-year-old Karim Aboudi and his family are trapped in their Ramallah home by a strict curfew. Israeli tanks control the city in response to a Palestinian suicide bombing. Karim longs to play football with his mates - being stuck inside with his teenage brother and fearful parents is driving him crazy.

When the curfew ends, he and his friend discover an unused patch of ground that's the perfect site for a football pitch. Nearby, an old car hidden intact under bulldozed buildings makes a brilliant den. But in this city there's constant danger, even for schoolboys.

And when Israeli soldiers find Karim outside during the next curfew, it seems impossible that he will survive . . .

Tagged Palestine and war and conflict