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YALSA 2007 adolescents’ best Ten "A breezy read." —Bulletin of the guts for kid's Books “Fresh, enjoyable and exceptional! assured to not damage your summer time vacation!” —Mari Mancusi, writer of Boys that chew   tips to break a summer time holiday   Moshav? What’s a moshav? Is it “shopping mall” in Hebrew? I suggest, from what Jessica was once telling me, Israeli shops have the newest models from Europe. That black costume Jessica has is admittedly amazing. i do know I’d be promoting out if i'm going to a mall with Ron (my organic father), yet I preserve wondering the entire nice stuff i may carry again home.  regrettably for 16-year-old Amy Nelson, “moshav” isn't Hebrew for “shopping mall.” now not even shut. imagine goats, no longer Gucci.  Going to Israel along with her estranged Israeli father is the very last thing Amy desires to do that summer season. She’s received a major grudge opposed to her dad for displaying up so infrequently in her existence. Now he’s dragging her to a struggle sector to fulfill a relatives she’s by no means identified, the place she’ll most likely be drafted into the military. not less than, she’ll be caught in a home with out AC and just one toilet for seven humans all summer—no ally, no boyfriend, no procuring, no telephone phone…  see you later pride—hello Israel.

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She has these earrings with bells on them and no makeup on her face. My mom wouldn't be caught dead outside the house without makeup. Or earrings with bells dangling from them. The truth is, this woman is pretty without makeup and the bells just make her look angelic instead of stupid. She lets go of me and says with a smile, "I'm your aunt Yikara. " "Ookaay," I say in a singsong voice to alert SD I'm not comfortable calling this lady Yucky. "Doda is 'aunt' in Hebrew," SD explains as if that was the part of this whole exchange that needed explanation.

Jessica got me the shorts for my birthday as a joke along with an anklet that wasn't a joke. I never thought I'd ever wear the shorts but then again, I never thought I'd find myself on a farm on top of a mountain in the middle of a war zone. But, to be perfectly honest with myself, Israel doesn't actually feel or look like a war zone. Well, except for the heavily armed guards at the airport and the minefield I stepped on. I look down at my shorts. I didn't think anyone here would be able to speak English so I packed them.

My parents decided to ruin my life," I tell her. "What do you mean 'parents'? " "Oh, yeah, he called. And somehow he convinced my mom to cancel my summer plans so he could take me to Israel. " "Um, you don't really want to hear my opinion, Amy. " My eyebrows furrow as I slowly realize Jessica, my very dearest friend in the world, isn't going to back me up one hundred and ten percent. " I say it slowly so she gets the full impact. Is that a laugh I hear on the other end of the line? " Jessica says.

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