As long as the lemon trees grow
- 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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|Location||Call Number / Copy Notes||Barcode||Shelving Location||Status||Due Date|
|Bagley Public Library||Y KAT (Text)||33500013689484||New||Checked out||03/30/2023|
|Climax Public Library||Y KAT (Text)||33500013689476||New||Available||-|
- ISBN: 0316351377
- ISBN: 9780316351379
417 pages ; 22 cm.
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York ; Little, Brown and Company, 2022.
|Summary, etc.:||Salama Kassab was a pharmacy student when the cries for freedom broke out in Syria. She still had her parents and her big brother; she still had her home. She had a normal teenager's life. Now Salama volunteers at a hospital in Homs, helping the wounded who flood through the doors daily. Secretly, though, she is desperate to find a way out of her beloved country before her sister-in-law, Layla, gives birth. So desperate, that she has manifested a physical embodiment of her fear in the form of her imagined companion, Khawf, who haunts her every move in an effort to keep her safe. But even with Khawf pressing her to leave, Salama is torn between her loyalty to her country and her conviction to survive. Salama must contend with bullets and bombs, military assaults, and her shifting sense of morality before she might finally breathe free. And when she crosses paths with the boy she was supposed to meet one fateful day, she starts to doubt her resolve in leaving home at all. Soon, Salama must learn to see the events around her for what they truly are--not a war, but a revolution--and decide how she, too, will cry for Syria's freedom.|
|Target Audience Note:||
Ages 14 & up. Little, Brown and Company.
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 September #2
This challenging read recounts some of the harsh realities Syrians have been facing over the last decade, told from the first-person perspective of hijabi teen Salama, who's struggling to decide between fleeing to (relative) safety or staying to help what remains of her community. Salama works in the hospital with more responsibility than any 18-year-old should bear, but her sister-in-lawâher only remaining familyâis due to give birth very soon. Leaving her homeland is risky, but is it a risk worth taking? It isn't easy to visualize the pain and trauma Syrians face by watching, reading, or listening to news reports, but Katouh, who is Syrian, shares these stories, all inspired by real events, massacres, and tragedies, with authenticity and raw truth, putting a moving human face on the historic events. Despite the heavy subject matter, there is also hope written into the narrative. Leaving one's homeland is not an easy thing, and it can be difficult to understand if not for the stories like this, which carefully and thoughtfully account for all the trauma leading to these painful decisions. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.
Zoulfa Katouh is a Canadian with Syrian roots based in Switzerland. She is currently pursuing her master's in Drug Sciences and finds Studio Ghibli inspiration in the mountains, lakes, and stars surrounding her. When sheâs not talking to herself in the woodland forest, sheâs drinking iced coffee, baking aesthetic cookies and cakes, and telling everyone who would listen about how BTS paved the way. A dream of hers is to get Kim Nam-joon to read one of her books. As Long As the Lemon Trees Grow is her debut novel. She invites you to visit her onlineÂ zoulfakatouh.com.
Zoulfa Katouh is a Syrian Canadian based in Switzerland. She is currently pursuing her master's in Drug Sciences and finds Studio Ghibli inspiration in the mountains, lakes, and stars surrounding her. When she's not talking to herself in the woodland forest, she's drinking iced coffee, baking aesthetic cookies and cakes, and telling everyone who would listen about how BTS paved the way. Her dream is to get Kim Namjoon to read one of her books. If that happens, she will expire on the spot. As Long As the Lemon Trees Grow is her debut novel. You can find her on Twitter @thelemonwitch_ or on her website zoulfakatouh.com.
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