After her father's disappearance, young Malaak is perched on the roof of her dingy home in Gaza, waiting for him to come home. Little does she know, however, that has been the target of terrorist bombings, and will never return again. As the days go by, her beloved brother Hamid is getting involved in a very violent terrorist Palestinian group that is threatening Israeli soldiers and threatening his life. More and more casualties are suffered, and all that Malaak seems to be able to hold on to is her pigeon, Abdo, and Hamid's poems. Can she save her brother and all of Palestine? Will the work of one girl be able to help and revive a whole nation?
A Stone in My Hand by Cathryn Clinton is very interesting and deep. I was thoroughly haunted by the story of young Malaak and all of the troubles she has faced as a girl living in Gaza with deep restrictions forced unto the Palestinian people. The characters came to life, and I could really sense all of the emotion that sweeps through Malaak's heart as she struggles to keep her family together and to keep her sanity. I recommend this to everyone who feels they can truly understand Malaak's struggle and faith as she goes through this terrible time. A Stone in my Hand is very moving and thoughtful - I will never be able to think of Gaza or Palestine again without thinking of Malaak; the world is not at peace.
Some very frightening, graphic, and disturbing scenes that younger readers may not understand. Mainly age 12 and up.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Osseo, Wisconsin United States