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The Explosion on Ahalan Street

Daniella Carmi
AGE: 10-14

Who caused the explosion in Ahalan Street? The police have no clues and no witnesses. The newspapers have some theories but nothing to justify the daily discussions of the street in the press. Meanwhile, Samir Marouan is in jail. This is the bleak story of 12-year-old Natasha Marouan, whose Jewish mother and Arab father struggle to protect the love and unity that keep their small family together in the face of social prejudice and bigotry. Now their world is torn apart. Natasha`s mother is rejected by one lawyer after another and Natasha herself is snubbed by her neighbors. When Samir Marouan is finally released, Natasha understands that justice won`t easily mend the broken pieces of her home. Natasha describes her father`s imprisonment with a puzzled innocence that is heartbreaking. In fact, Natasha is Daniella Carmi`s greatest success in this book, and her voice continues to sound long after readers have put the book down.

The Explosion on Ahalan Street is on the Israeli Ministry of Education's list of recommended books and has been adapted for children's theater.

The Explosion on Ahalan Street
Title The Explosion on Ahalan Street
Author’s Last Name Carmi
Author's First Name Daniella
Language(s) German, French, Spanish, Turkish
Genre youth
Publisher (Hebrew) Keter
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1985
No. Pages 135 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Ha-Pitzutz Bi-Rchov Ahalan
Representation Represented by ITHL


German: Frankfurt, Alibaba, 1991; pback: Munich, dtv junior, 1993
French: Paris, Hachette Jeunesse, 1993
Spanish: Salamanca, Loguez, 1994
Turkish: Istanbul, Pena, 2016
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