By Naomi Shihab Nye
Fourteen-year-old Liyana Abboud might particularly no longer need to switch her life...especially now that she has been kissed, for the first actual time and really without warning, via a boy named Jackson.
But whilst her mom and dad announce that Liyana's relations is relocating from St. Louis, Missouri, to Jerusalem -- to the land the place her father was once born -- Liyana's entire international shifts.
What does Jerusalem carry for Liyana? A grandmother, a Sitti, she hasn't ever met, for one. A historical past a lot larger than she is. Visits to the West financial institution village the place her aunts and uncles reside. Mischief. outdated stone streets that wind via time and hassle. establishing doorways, darkish reformatory cells, a brand new feeling for peace, and Omer...the fascinating stranger whose kisses substitute the only she misplaced whilst she moved around the ocean.