A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA by Valérie Zenatti

A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA

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Age Range: 14 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

When a bomb explodes at a nearby café on the evening of the tenth anniversary of a peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians, Tal, a 17-year-old Israeli girl, decides to reach out to a Palestinian neighbor. She asks her brother, serving his compulsory military service in the Gaza Strip, to throw a bottle with a letter inside into the Gaza Sea. She soon receives an email reply from 20-year-old Naim. At first the young man hides behind sarcasm and secrecy, but Tal, a persistent would-be filmmaker, draws out his true feelings. Through e-mails, text messages and diary entries, they express their anger and grief over the continuing violence and see beyond the stereotypes of their governments to recognize two young people who still have hope for peace and independence. Although the dialogue is occasionally stilted to introduce potentially unfamiliar historical events, Zenatti uses short, riveting chapters, as in her Batchelder Honor book, When I Was a Soldier (2006), to pack a punch with readers reluctant to voracious. The overall effect is one of a haunting relationship that will help teens understand both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (Fiction. YA)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-59990-200-5
Page count: 176pp
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2008




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