Figs and Fate: Stories About Growing Up in the Arab World is by Elsa Marston. Five charming and moving short stories of teenagers growing up in the Middle East. Each story shows the challenges of growing up and growing up in the Arab world. The settings range from Baghdad, to Syria, to Egypt, to Lebanon, to a refugee camp in Palestine. A excellent look at a world few in America get a close look at; teens will realize that even in other countries they all face some of the same issues growing up.
Ratings: 7th grade - 8 out of 10.