Balcony on the Moon by Ibtisam Barakat
Arab American National Museum
2017 Arab American Book Awards
Honorable Mention – Children/Young Adult
Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine
By Ibtisam Barakat
(New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016)
Picking up where Tasting the Sky left off, Balcony on the Moon follows Ibtisam Barakat through her childhood and adolescence in Palestine from 1972-1981 and chronicles her desire to be a writer. Ibtisam finds inspiration through writing letters to pen pals and from an adult who encourages her to keep at it, but the most surprising turn of all for Ibtisam happens when her mother decides that she would like to seek out an education, too. This memoir is a touching, at times funny, and enlightening look at the not often depicted daily life in a politically tumultuous area.
Ibtisam Barakat is the author of Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood, which won the 2008 Arab American Book Award. She grew up in Palestine and is an educator, poet and peace activist. She lives in Columbia, Missouri.