The Shepherd's Granddaughter

The Shepherd's Granddaughter

ages 14 and up / grades 9 and up

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Winner of the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award for Children, the Society of School Librarians International Best Book Award and a Jane Addams Children's Book Award Honor Book

Ever since she was a little girl, Amani has wanted to be a shepherd, just like her beloved grandfather, Sido. For generations her family has grazed sheep above the olive groves of the family homestead near Hebron, and she has been steeped in Sido’s stories, especially one about a secret meadow called the Firdoos, where the grass is lush and the sheep grow fat, and about the wolf that once showed him the path there.

But now Amani’s family home is being threatened by encroaching Jewish settlements. As she struggles to find increasingly rare grazing land for her starving sheep, her uncle and brother are tempted to take a more militant stance against the settlers. Then she accidentally meets Jonathan, an American boy visiting his settler father.

Away from the pressures of their families, the two young people discover Sido’s secret meadow, the domain of a lone wolf. And Amani learns that she must share the meadow, and even her sheep, with the wolf, if she is going to continue to use it.

Winner of the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award for Children, the Society of School Librarians International Best Book Award and a Jane Addams Children's Book Award Honor Book

Ever since she was a little girl, Amani has wanted to be a shepherd, just like her beloved grandfather, Sido. For generations her family has grazed sheep above the olive groves of the family homestead near Hebron, and she has been steeped in Sido’s stories, especially one about a secret meadow called the Firdoos, where the grass is lush and the sheep grow fat, and about the wolf that once showed him the path there.

But now Amani’s family home is being threatened by encroaching Jewish settlements. As she struggles to find increasingly rare grazing land for her starving sheep, her uncle and brother are tempted to take a more militant stance against the settlers. Then she accidentally meets Jonathan, an American boy visiting his settler father.

Away from the pressures of their families, the two young people discover Sido’s secret meadow, the domain of a lone wolf. And Amani learns that she must share the meadow, and even her sheep, with the wolf, if she is going to continue to use it.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd — Aug 5, 2008
Specifications 224 pages | 5.1 in x 7 in
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Written By Anne Laurel Carter won the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award for Children and the Mr. Christie's Book Award. She currently works as a teacher-librarian in Toronto. Visit Anne Laurel Carter's website: http://www.annecarter.com/AnneCarter/Welcome.html Visit Anne Laurel Carter's blog: http://www.annecarter.com/AnneCarter/Blog/Blog.html
Written By
Anne Laurel Carter won the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award for Children and the Mr. Christie's Book Award. She currently works as a teacher-librarian in Toronto. Visit Anne Laurel Carter's website: http://www.annecarter.com/AnneCarter/Welcome.html Visit Anne Laurel Carter's blog: http://www.annecarter.com/AnneCarter/Blog/Blog.html
Audience ages 14 and up / grades 9 and up
Reading Levels Lexile HL630L

Winner, CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, 2008

Winner, SSLI Best Book, 2009

Long-listed, OLA Red Maple Award, 2010

Commended, Amelia Bloomer Project, 2010

Commended, Jane Addams Children's Book Award (Honor Book), 2009

Commended, USBBY Outstanding International Books, 2008

Commended, Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices 2009, 2009

“...One of the very few YA novels attempting to tackle the subject of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” —Jewish Book World

“The sympathies of the novel are consistently apparent, yet its strong polemical element never overwhelms its more general human interest elements. The story balances an economical style with a well paced presentation of Amani's growth in body and in perspective, her discovery of her gender and its implications for her aspirations, and her discovery of her skills, both as a shepherd and as a student.” —Canadian Literature

“...a hard - hitting, thought-provoking, troublesome book. The Shepherd's Granddaughter centres upon the issue of Israeli-Palestinian relations and the on-going conflict over land...Carter's work provides an opportunity for middle and high school readers to gain further information about their world...” —CM Magazine

“...sensitively portray[s] many viewpoints and issues in this thoughtful and simply written story...†...the beauty lies in the questioning that remains long after the story ends.†” —School Library Journal Blog

“Carter strikes a splendid balance in character development, portraying both parties' flaws while demonstrating Palestinian sympathies. Background and cultural information are seamlessly woven into the narrative, which is written simply and clearly in a skillful depiction of a sensitive situation.” —school Library Journal

“Information-packed but never didactic...The integration of Arabic and Hebrew words adds flavor to the text...Fluid writing and straightforward storytelling make this a pleasure to read, despite the sensitive subject matter. Thoughtful and engaging.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW