The Book of Trees

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Orca Book Publishers, Nov 1, 2010 - Young Adult Fiction - 256 pages
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When Mia, a Jewish teenager from Ontario, goes to Israel to spend the summer studying at a yeshiva, or seminary, she wants to connect with the land and deepen her understanding of Judaism. However, Mia's summer plans go astray when she falls in love with a non-Jewish tourist, Andrew. Through him, Mia learns about the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land and starts to questions her Zionist aspirations. In particular, Mia is disturbed by the Palestinian's loss of their olive trees, and the state of Israel's planting of pine trees, symbolizing the setting down of new roots. After narrowly escaping a bus bombing, Mia decides that being a peace activist is more important than being religious.

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Substance: A nominally Jewish girl (of low moral character, one should note) struggles with studies in an Israeli girls' school, encounters anti-Israel Palestinian propaganda, loses her non-existent ... Read full review

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The Book of Trees is a story about a teenager named Mia who decides to deepen her understanding of Judaism and learn more about her Jewish Heritage. She decides to spend her summer in Israel, studying ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Leanne Lieberman grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her work has previously been published in The Windsor Review, The New Quarterly, The Antigonish Review and other magazines. Leanne's novel Gravity was her master's thesis at the University of Windsor. Leanne works as a teacher in Kingston, Ontario, where she lives with her husband and two sons.

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