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Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein



by
Jennifer Roy ,Ali Fadhil

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Imprint
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN
9780544785076
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War
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In Iraq in 1991, Ali Fadhil is consumed by his love for soccer, video games, and American television shows. Then, on January 17, the country's dictator, Saddam Hussein goes to war with thirty-four nations led by the United States.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

176

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8"

Dewey

F

AR

3.2: points 9

Lexile

560L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

4

JLG Release

Jun 2018

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

An adaptation of Fadhil’s true story of life in Iraq during the Gulf War. Eleven-year-old Ali lives in Basra with his father, mother, two brothers, and sister. Ali thinks he was born with a “silver spoon” as his parents’ employment (his father is a dentist and his mother is a math professor) affords them certain luxuries including a home in a nice neighborhood, access to American television, video games, and Superman comic books. Things begin to change in 1991 when the U.S. invades Iraq at the start of the Gulf War. Ali’s father leaves to provide medical care to soldiers, and the family is left to worry about his safety. Bombings destroy bridges and buildings, and they go without power and with very little food. The book follows Ali through this scary and uncertain time. This blending of biography, historical fiction, and realistic fiction paints a vivid portrait of daily family life in Iraq and the trials many faced. The writing is straightforward and accessible. VERDICT This book could be used to facilitate discussion of history, culture, politics, or geography with young readers. A good choice for most middle grade shelves.—Tiffany Davis, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

An adaptation of Fadhil’s true story of life in Iraq during the Gulf War. Eleven-year-old Ali lives in Basra with his father, mother, two brothers, and sister. Ali thinks he was born with a “silver spoon” as his parents’ employment (his father is a dentist and his mother is a math professor) affords them certain luxuries including a home in a nice neighborhood, access to American television, video games, and Superman comic books. Things begin to change in 1991 when the U.S. invades Iraq at the start of the Gulf War. Ali’s father leaves to provide medical care to soldiers, and the family is left to worry about his safety. Bombings destroy bridges and buildings, and they go without power and with very little food. The book follows Ali through this scary and uncertain time. This blending of biography, historical fiction, and realistic fiction paints a vivid portrait of daily family life in Iraq and the trials many faced. The writing is straightforward and accessible. VERDICT This book could be used to facilitate discussion of history, culture, politics, or geography with young readers. A good choice for most middle grade shelves.—Tiffany Davis, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY

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