Where The Streets Had A Name, by Randa Abdel-Fattah

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It’s tricky to write a middle-grade novel about complex, huge subjects that not many adults even understand fully, but this book, about a Palestinian girl who wants to see her old home, accomplishes it fairly well. It’s a bit expository, with long, long speeches from the grandmother giving much of the background information, but it’s still a suspenseful story that makes controversial political issues very human and immediate.