By Simone Elkeles

YALSA 2007 kids’ best Ten "A breezy read." —Bulletin of the heart for kid's Books “Fresh, enjoyable and extraordinary! assured to not wreck your summer season vacation!” —Mari Mancusi, writer of Boys that chunk   how one can destroy a summer time holiday   Moshav? What’s a moshav? Is it “shopping mall” in Hebrew? I suggest, from what Jessica was once telling me, Israeli shops have the newest models from Europe. That black gown Jessica has is admittedly notable. i do know I’d be promoting out if i am going to a mall with Ron (my organic father), yet I hold wondering all of the nice stuff i'll deliver again home.  regrettably for 16-year-old Amy Nelson, “moshav” isn't Hebrew for “shopping mall.” now not even shut. imagine goats, now not Gucci.  Going to Israel together with her estranged Israeli father is the very last thing Amy desires to do that summer season. She’s bought a significant grudge opposed to her dad for displaying up so not often in her lifestyles. Now he’s dragging her to a struggle quarter to fulfill a relations she’s by no means recognized, the place she’ll most likely be drafted into the military. not less than, she’ll be caught in a home with out AC and just one rest room for seven humans all summer—no ally, no boyfriend, no purchasing, no mobilephone phone…  so long pride—hello Israel.

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But as I glance at the two soldiers who are now walking toward me, I turn and hightail my ass right through the exit. Goodbye pride, hello Israel. CHAPTER 4 Change makes me itch. I spot Ron by the car rental counter. He's not even concerned about me or looking to see if I followed him. I stand next to him, but he doesn't acknowledge my presence. I huff loudly. He still doesn't look at me. The lady at the counter hands him a key and tells him something in Hebrew. He smiles at her, says " Todah" and starts pushing the cart with our bags on it.

Tighten. Release. I'm "feeling it burn," but after ten minutes my butt cheeks start to quiver on the tighten part and I stop. By now we've taken a turn away from the sea and all around us are small trees in rows. " I ask. " Figures. " "You know, those people who spit out the pit right in front of other people at the table. " He doesn't answer. I would bet my grandmother's underpants Ron is a pit-spitter. " he asks. " he asks, wincing. " I used to hate it. When Mom first had me try it I gagged and spit it out (into my napkin, very discreetly I might add, unlike gross pit-spitters).

It'll be easier if he's not attached. "No. " Now wait one second. When did it turn around to him asking me the questions? " "Amy, when are you going to learn to trust me? " "A moshav is a close-knit community. It's similar to a kibbutz, but everyone owns their own property and farmland. " Still sounds like a commune to me. "I hope we're not staying there for long," I say. "I need to take a shower at the hotel and unpack. I have stuff probably melting in this heat--" "We're not staying at a hotel," he says.

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