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Out of sadness comes hope
on 18 February 2010
This is a delightful book by Michael Morpurgo, telling a short story of Said, a young boy living in the West Bank. Said does not speak, not since the death of his brother; all he does is make kites, and when the wind is in the right direction, flies them and lets them go so that they fly over to the town on the other side of the barrier.
"Mister Max" is the television reporter that befriends Said, and together with Said's family, Max goes on a journey of discovery, of the terrible events of the family's past and ultimately of joyous hope.
It is beautifully told, has some lovely illustrations by Laura Carlin, and even a thought provoking afterward from Jeremy Bowen. A definite recommendation.