Santa Claus in Baghdad and Other Stories About Teens in the Arab World
By (author) Elsa Marston
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Santa Claus in Baghdad and Other Stories About Teens in the Arab World by Elsa Marston
Book DescriptionWhat is it like to be a young person in the Arab world today? This lively collection of eight short stories about Arab teenagers living in Iraq, Tunisia, Egypt, the West Bank, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and a Palestinian refugee camp engagingly depicts young people's experiences growing up in the Middle East. The characters, drawn from urban and rural settings and from different classes as well as a mix of countries, confront situations involving friends, family, teachers, and society at large. Along with some specifically Middle Eastern issues, such as strife in Iraq, the hardships of life in a Palestinian refugee camp, and honor crimes, the young people deal with more familiar concerns such as loyalty to friends, overcoming personal insecurities, dreams of a future career, and coping with divorcing parents. Coming of age in a complicated world, they meet life with courage, determination, and, not least of all, humor. With accompanying notes that provide contextual information, Santa Claus in Baghdad brings a fresh perspective to youth literature about the Arab world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780253220042
(5346mm x 3564mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 25-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Elsa Marston
Elsa Marston is the author of many works of fiction and nonfiction, mostly for young adults. Her books include Women in the Middle East: Tradition and Change, The Cliffs of Cairo, and Muhammad of Mecca, Prophet of Islam. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana.
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