“Soon America-- the land that I love--is going to try to kill me. I’ll try not to take it personally.”
It’s 1991 in Basra, Iraq, and Ali doesn't have school because there is going to be a war. Saddam Hussein, the president of Iraq, has invaded neighboring Kuwait, while America and other countries have told him to leave Kuwait or they will attack. The deadline has come, and the war is about to start. Ali’s family is used to war--just a few years ago Iraq and Iran came to a cease-fire after eight years of fighting. But this time it’s different--America has a lot more weapons. Now Ali and his family have to sleep in a safe room at night and hope that the bombs don’t fall on them. Soon Ali’s Baba has to join the military to help wounded soldiers, and Ali’s older brother is left in charge while the family waits and hopes to survive.
--Andrea W., Youth Services