The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti
Gifted with a mind that continues to impress the elders in his village, Ichmad Hamid struggles with the knowledge that he can do nothing to save his friends and family. Living on occupied land, his entire village operates in constant fear of losing their homes, jobs, and belongings. But more importantly, they fear losing each other.
On Ichmad's twelfth birthday, that fear becomes reality.
With his father imprisoned, his family's home and possessions confiscated, and his siblings quickly succumbing to hatred in the face of conflict, Ichmad begins an inspiring journey using his intellect to save his poor and dying family. In doing so he reclaims a love for others that was lost through a childhood rife with violence, and discovers a new hope for the future.
This book had me crying in some parts. The struggles Ichmad had to go through, it was heart breaking but he was so strong that he rose above all those struggles and became somebody important. This book touched me in ways that I thought a book couldn't. The author wrote this book so beautifully and all the characters seemed so real to me. Their struggles, their pain, I could feel them. Some parts of the book, I reread them because I couldn't just get enough when I finished the book. This story will stay with me for a long time and I will definitely reread it. It's such a good book so I will recommend it to everyone to give it a try.