Sami and the Time of the Troubles

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1992 - Juvenile Fiction - 33 pages
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A ten-year-old Lebanese boy balances his life in a war-torn city. "Lewin's watercolor illustrations capture contemporary Beirut with stunning clarity and drama . . . Unforgettable." -- School Library Journal, starred review
 

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User Review  - kmetca1 - LibraryThing

I did like this book because of the perspective that it made me think about. The story was during a war time in Lebanon. 10 year old Sami and his family all live in the basement of his uncle’s house ... Read full review

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User Review  - bwinte3 - LibraryThing

This story is about a child in a village where they are having a war. The child’s father has died, so his family now lives with his uncle, in his basement. The family stays in the basement so that ... Read full review

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About the author (1992)

Florence Parry Heide was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on February 27, 1919. She studied at Wilson College before transferring to the University of California at Los Angeles, where she received a B.A. in English. She worked in advertising and public relations in New York City before returning to Pittsburgh during World War II. She moved to Wisconsin with her husband after the war and started writing books at the age of 48. She wrote or co-wrote over 100 children's books including the Treehorn series, Princess Hyacinth: The Surprising Tale of a Girl who Floated, and The One and Only Marigold. She also wrote under the pseudonyms Alex B. Allen and Jamie McDonald. Heide received numerous awards and honors including having The Shrinking of Treehorn named by the New York Times as the Best Illustrated Children's Book of 1971 and winning the Jugendbuchpreis for the Best Children's Book of Germany in 1977; The Day of Ahmed's Secret received the Editors' Choice Award from Booklist in 1991, and Sami and the Time of the Troubles received the Editors' Choice Award from Booklist in 1992. She died on October 24, 2011 at the age of 92.

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Ted Lewin grew up in Buffalo, New York, with two brothers, one sister, two parents, a lion, an iguana, and a chimpanzee. He became interested in art as a young boy when he would draw his brothers' world of wrestling. Ted later worked as a professional wrestler to finance his studies at the Pratt Institute of Fine Arts, where he met his wife, Betsy Lewin, also a children's book writer and illustrator. He and his wife travel around the world to research the settings for their books. While working on SACRED RIVER, which he both wrote and illustrated, Ted joined thousands of Hindus on their pilgrimage to the banks of the Ganges River in Benares, India. Ted now lives and works in the brownstone he shares with his wife and their two cats in Brooklyn, New York. For more information visit www.tedlewin.com.

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