Crescent Star

Crescent Star

A Novel

eBook - 2011
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Short-listed for the 2012 Coast Reads Avi Greenbaum is Jewish and lives in West Jerusalem. Moussa Shakir is Palestinian and lives in East Jerusalem. Both are 15 years old, live without their fathers, adore their older brothers, and belong to the same soccer club. Avi commemorates the Holocaust and celebrates Israeli independence, while Moussa mourns on Nakba Day, marking the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes and land in 1948. Their lives are parallel lines: they have everything in common and nothing at all. Each is oblivious to the others existence. As Avi and Moussa go about their daily routines in the spring of 2006, they face reminders of the conflict that has dogged the region for the past three generations the security wall, suicide bombings, police operations, and the looming shadow of war. While navigating this legacy of suspicion and violence, they must decide what their own roles in the stalemate will be.
Publisher: [United States] : Dundurn : Made available through hoopla, 2011
ISBN: 9781554888351
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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debwalker Mar 13, 2011

"The latest novel from Toronto author and professor Nicholas Maes is a story of good and evil played out in shades of grey, offering readers something weightier than the average young adult fare.

The theme of battle - be it personal, patriotic, religious, or athletic - permeates the tale. In Jerusalem in the summer of 2006, tensions between the Israeli army and Arab forces are boiling over. In the midst of this turmoil, a pair of 15-year-old boys are entangled in their own personal struggles. Avi Greenbaum is Jewish, Moussa Shakir Muslim. Both are preparing for manhood and have family members risking their lives in combat. Inwardly, though, both question their own fortitude when it comes to joining the fight themselves. When Avi's soccer team faces Moussa's in a series of matches throughout the volatile summer, more than team pride is at stake."

Mike Crisolago
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