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Book Awards

Established in 1999, the Middle East Book Award recognizes quality books for children and young adults that contribute meaningfully to an understanding of the Middle East and its component societies and cultures. Books are judged on the authenticity of their portrayal of a Middle Eastern subject, as well as on characterization, plot, and appeal for
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The 2007 MEOC award recipients are: PICTURE BOOK CATEGORY (Winner) One City, Two Brothers, written by Chris Smith, illustrated by Aurélia Fronty (Barefoot Books,2007) Written by a former worker with UNICEF and Oxfam in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, this re-telling of a traditional story from the time of King Solomon serves as a metaphor for
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The 2006 MEOC award recipients are: Lugalbanda, The Boy Who Got Caught Up in a Warby Kathy Henderson (PICTURE BOOK);  A Little Piece of Ground by Elizabeth Laird (YOUTH LITERATURE); and The Illustrator’s Notebook by Mohieddin Ellabbad (YOUTH NON-FICTION).  Honorable Mention awards include: Mystery Bottle by Kristen Balouch (PICTURE BOOK); Great Muslim Philosophers and Scientists in the Middle Ages
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