Nomination: Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine

9780374302511Barakat, Ibtisam. Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine. 2016. 240p. Margaret Ferguson/Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $17.99 (978-0-374-30251-1). Gr. 8-up.

Set against the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the poet Ibtisam Barakat tells her story of defying traditional roles of women in her culture in order to finish her education and avoid marriage while helping her own mother obtain an education.

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