Award of the Week–The Arab American Book Awards


The Arab American Book Awards are presented by the Arab American National Museum and honor books written by and about Arab Americans. To be eligible, the book must be written, edited, or illustrated by an Arab American or offer an accurate and engaging portrayal of the Arab American experience avoiding any stereotypes. The annual award honors works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and children’s or young adult books. Below is this year’s winner along with 2 honorable mention books.

The Treasure of Maria Mamoun
By: Michelle Chalfoun

An island adventure about a girl from the Bronx on a journey of mystery and discovery. Ages 8-12

Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine
By: IbtisamBarakat

Balcony on the Moon follows IbtisamBarakat through her childhood and adolescence in Palestine from 1972-1981 and chronicles her desire to be a writer. Ages 12-18

The Three Lucys
By: HayanCharara

A young Lebanese boy must learn to cope with loss and hope for a peaceful future after losing one of his beloved cats because of The July War. Based on the month-long conflict between Lebanon and Israel during the summer of 2006. Ages 7-12


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