- Hardcover: 200 pages
- Publisher: Annick Press (Sept. 1 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1554514312
- ISBN-13: 978-1554514311
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.1 x 18.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 249 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,753,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enemy Territory Hardcover – Sep 1 2012
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“In this fast-paced narrative, Sam and Yusuf blur together at times—anger is a realistic, defining characteristic for both—but given the overarching theme, that confusion just may be the point … powerful.”
—Kirkus Reviews, 08/22
“… an action-packed narrative … The result is intense, and leaves the reader with much to think about.”
—Quill & Quire, 09/12
“… an eclectic mixture of adventure, drama, and humor ... also reveals how resilience, forgiveness, and tolerance can triumph.”
—Edwards Book Club, 10/01/12
“Full of grit and bursts of well-placed humour, Enemy Territory is a characteristically bold, thought-provoking, important novel from an author and Canadian war artist unafraid to use controversial issues as a platform to educate and enlighten.”
—Canadian Children’s Book News, 01/13
“McKay weaves a story of depth and understanding, a beautiful portrait of reluctant friendship, of overcoming profound prejudices, misconceptions, and deep-seeded anger, even hate.”
—Resource Links, 12/12
“Telling the story with sensitivity and humor, McKay brings to life, through the young men, both the dangerous and precarious situation in Israel, and the value of friendship in the face of crisis and deep-seated cultural instability.”
—CM Reviews, 01/13
“McKay ably … illustrates the deep-seated hatred and misinformation each side has for the other …”
“… the prevailing message is powerful.”
—Library Media Connection, 04/13
“... an essential way to help our young people see the many sides to a given situation, even one on the other side of the world.”
—ALAN (Assembly for Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE), 05/14/13
About the Author
Sharon E. McKay is a bestselling, award-winning author. Her books include War Brothers: The Graphic Novel and Thunder Over Kandahar. She lives on Prince Edward Island, Canada.
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Enemy Territory is a beautiful story about fear, hate, hope and above all humanity. It helps us see how we create demons with the faces of our enemies forgetting that we have the same essence. We are all people who hurt, cry, laugh, dream and love.
Sam, an Israeli boy, and Yusuf, a Palestinian, meet in a hospital after both are injured in different accidents. At first their prejudices will keep them apart but once they start communicate they will discover a great friendship. When they set on an adventure through the Old city of Jerusalem, the paths will take them to unexpected places.
Sam and Yusuf will learn that despite all their differences they are equals in many ways. Between discussion and fights, stereotypes, misconceptions, myths and wrong ideas will be put over the table.
The descriptions are excellent as well as the dialogues. The action and movement are perfect so is easy to get into the story and feel in your own skin the feelings and motivations behind the characters’ actions. The author creates tridimensional characters, which are likeable and human. With flaws and all they become heroes in their own lives.
A great book that shows a current topic that touch us all no matter what part of the planet we live in. This is an ancient conflict with so many consequences and no solution at sight.
Overall, Enemy Territory is an excellent book. Ideal for all ages because is a good way to learn while enjoying a fantastic story.
*** I received a copy from the publisher in exchange of an honest review. ***
This book was very heartwarming even if a little predictable in where it was going. Their friendship was very realistic which I liked. There isn't one specific moment when they become friends; on the contrary, it happens gradually as they realize how they depend on each other and how much the other differed from his expectations. At first there's some hostility when they share a room at the hospital. I found Sam's actions a little immature at first so he wasn't very likeable. I liked Yusuf more. But they both mature and help each other throughout the book.
It was also cool seeing more of the boy's personal backgrounds. In the beginning of the book, you could see the differet environments at home with their family. In the hospital room during visits, you could also see how the families were polite but reserved to each other, and how they acted differently around each other. Later in the book, it was implied by Alina that the families have somewhat come together in looking for Sam and Yusuf.
I really liked Alina. She symbolized hope that there would be tolerance and love. She is the voice of reason, the voice of acceptance. At first, she is sick and weak from cancer but by the end of the book, she is cured. That was a nice touch.
I wish the book was a little more realistic though. Sam and Yusuf did not get lost accidentally, it seemed like they were acting stupid on purpose. It was a little annoying to see them make dumb decisions that any person would common sense would know was the wrong choice. There shoud have been more elaboration in some parts of the book. Some parts seemed very insignificant because of the way details were just skimmed over.
I liked the extra historical bits in the book. I did some research on Palestine and the Arabs after finishing the book and I really learned a lot. This book will definitely spark discussion.
Overall, a solid book about tolerance and friendship. I would give it a 3 out of 5.
I was very impressed with Sharon McKay's take on this topic. She presents us with two teenaged boys, one Jewish Israeli and one Palestinian, who are thrown together as roommates in a Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem. Both have suffered grievous injuries; Sam, our Israeli teen, has a seriously injured leg and may face amputation, and Yusef, our Palestinian, has lost an eye and may lose his other eye as well. Both have their own extreme prejudices, indeed, we could say hatred, of the other side. But when they decide to escape from the hospital to go on an innocent errand--a trip to a famous candy shop in Old Jerusalem, they get lost and are quickly in more trouble--and danger--than they could have imagined. Can they work together to find their way back?
McKay does an admirable job of using Yusef and Sam as spokespeople for each side of the conflict, and we see through these two boys the misperceptions and fear each side has of the other. Their frustration with the other's point of view even makes them come to blows at one point in the novel. McKay takes no particular point of view, but tries to show the commonalities between the two groups as well as the differences. While the "happy" ending may be a bit pat, I would recommend this novel to young people who want to get a better understanding of the emotions behind the long-ranging Middle East conflict. Back matter includes notes which define certain terms which are used in the novel.
This novel has received numerous awards, including the 2013 Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award.