Mar­i­lyn Levy
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By – January 16, 2012
Check­points is a fic­tion­al first-per­son nar­ra­tive told by sev­en­teen-year-old Noa, a teenag­er liv­ing in Jerusalem and try­ing to come to terms with the con­flict between the Pales­tini­ans and the Jews. By read­ing her thoughts and reflec­tions the read­er comes to under­stand her fear of becom­ing a vic­tim of a ter­ror­ist attack, cou­pled with the anx­i­eties, crush­es, and social inad­e­qua­cies that plague most young adults of this age. When her worst fears mate­ri­al­ize and her fam­i­ly mem­bers become vic­tims of a ter­ror­ist attack, Noa is thrown off-bal­ance and becomes angry, resent­ful at those she loves most and unfor­giv­ing in her atti­tude toward the Pales­tini­ans and their plight. But grad­u­al­ly, with the help of coun­sel­ing and the sup­port of her fam­i­ly and friends, she is inspired to look beyond the inci­dent and see some hope in her country’s future. Levy’s book tack­les many of the hard ques­tions faced by Israelis every day, and does so with real­ism, vivid descrip­tions, and a nov­el that should riv­et young adults and give them a deep­er under­stand­ing of life in Israel.
Lau­ren Kramer is a Van­cou­ver-based jour­nal­ist, wife, and moth­er with a life­long pas­sion for lit­er­a­ture. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, she has won awards for her writ­ing and report­ed from many cor­ners of the world. Read more of her work at www​.lau​renkramer​.net.

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