Young Palestinians Speak
Anthony Robinson and Annemarie Young
published 2017 • 8" x 9" • 144 pages • full-color
ISBN 9781566560153 • hardback • $19.99 •
“Many books have been written about Palestine but few from the perspective of young adults. None have been so bold as to attempt letting young Palestinian adults tell their own story. This book is unique. Though full of facts and useful information, these are presented through the lens and words of young adults who bring to life and speak to people of their age group, those who live entirely different lives and would not otherwise be able to begin to imagine the reality of life under occupation. Different aspects of the occupation are covered in this book helping the reader form a comprehensive picture of the situation that Palestinians under occupation have to endure. Coming in the wake of the 50th anniversary of the brutal Israeli occupation over Palestinian lands, this book will move hearts and minds and will educate a new generation of English readers to the tragedy of Palestine and what Palestinians living under occupation have to endure.”
—Raja Shehadeh, author of the Orwell Prize-Winning Palestinian Walks
PALESTINIAN CHILDREN SHARE THEIR DREAMS AND FEARS FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR COUNTRY
In Palestine today, a second generation of children and young people is growing up experiencing life under occupation. These are children who know only fear when they see an Israeli soldier or come across a roadblock. Anthony Robinson is a full-time writer of books for, about and with children, and a former teacher. He was born in Australia, but now lives in Cambridge, UK, when not travelling for his writing. The main focus of his attention is writing that gives a voice to the voiceless, particularly children. This was the driver for the widely acclaimed and award winning Refugee Diaries series (Frances Lincoln, 2008-2010), and Street Children (Frances Lincoln, 2014). In addition to giving a voice to young Palestinians, Young Palestinians Speak: Living Under Occupation (Interlink, Spring 2017) aims to redress the reporting imbalance surrounding the Palestinian/Israeli conflict.
This book provides a platform for children and young people, from all over this occupied land, to speak in their own voices about the day-to-day experience of living under occupation. It begins with an explanation of what the occupation means for those living under it, and is followed by the heart of the book: nine sections, each one focusing on one of the places visited by the authors. At the end, there is a timeline showing the main events that led up to the occupation.
As you read their words, you will see that what these young people want is a stable family life, security where they live, the freedom to move around their country, safety and space in which to grow up and dream of a future. They are just like young people everywhere; it is only the circumstances of their lives that are so different.
The young people in this book share with you their hopes and fears for themselves and their country and in so doing lay open their humanity.
Annemarie Young is a writer and series editor of non-fiction for older children, and of fiction for young readers. She was a publisher for twenty years at Cambridge University Press before turning to writing. Her first non-fiction project, with Anthony Robinson, was the widely acclaimed and award winning Refugee Diaries, of which she is series editor (Frances Lincoln, 2008-2010). Young Palestinians Speak: Living Under Occupation (Interlink, Spring 2017) is their latest joint project. She is also the author of two books written with Michael Rosen, What is Humanism? and Who Are Refugees and Migrants (Wayland, 2015 and 2016).
The authors are in the process, with partners, of setting up a website around the above issues: SpeakOut Publishing. The site will contain reporting on current events and stories as well as a blog.
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