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How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less

Author/Illustrator: Sarah Glidden

Publisher: Vertigo

Grade levels: 6-8, 9-12, Higher Education

Subject: History/Social Studies

Genre: Biography/Autobiography, Political

Special Attractions: Nonfiction, Female Lead Characters, Multicultural Lead Characters, Social issues, For adults too

Synopsis: A stunningly accomplished debut graphic novel, HOW TO UNDERSTAND ISRAEL IN 60 DAYS OR LESS is Sarah Glidden’s charming and funny travel memoir of her trip through Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, Masada and other historic locales, brought to life with lush watercolors in all of their quirky and breathtaking detail.At the same time, ISRAEL is a sensitive, deeply thoughtful and personal examination of a highly charged issue, an account of a journey Sarah never expected to take. Her experience clashes with her preconceived notions again and again, particularly when she tries to take a non-chaperoned excursion into the West Bank. As she struggles to “understand Israel,” Sarah is forced to question first her beliefs, then ultimately her own identity.

Publishers Weekly review

Washington Post review

Author’s site

Publisher’s book site

Awards:

-Ignatz Award for “Most Promising New Talent”

-Masie Kukoc Award for Comics Inspiration