How truly unique are we? Sure we all look different, act different, dress different, and have different personalities. But deep down we all want the same thing. We all want to feel safe, we all want to feel like our lives have purpose, we all want someone to love us, and we all want to help those we care about.
In Santa Claus in Baghdad and Other Stories about Teens in the Arab World, Elsa Marston shows readers how identical we are to people on the other side of the globe. Marston has compiled eight stories from different Arab countries including Iraq, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Tunisia, and Egypt. Each excerpt tells of a different desire through hard times whether it’s during an on-going war, a divorce, moving somewhere new, or life in a refugee camp. The stories talk about hope, love, believing in yourself, and friendship in all different forms.
These eight stories are true stories about teenagers ranging in ages 13-19. They are written from a teenager’s perspective with wonderful descriptive language. This book can be used in a number of ways. Both middle school and high school students can use this book in a social studies class for current events or a culture fair. In a writing class, students can use this book as a reference and then students can write their own stories.
In the world we live in, it’s critical to find a way for us to unite in our commonalities. Teenagers always think no one understands them. Through books like Santa Claus in Baghdad, they’ll know they aren’t alone and in our hearts, we are all the same.