The Enemy Has a Face by Gloria D. Miklowitz


The Enemy Has a Face by Gloria D. Miklowitz

Fourteen-year-old Netta Hofman wakes one morning to find that her older brother did not come home the night before. Having just moved from Israel to Los Angeles, the family of seventeen-year-old Adam is stunned and baffled by his disappearance. Adam has not had time to make many friends yet, and he has always been responsible, the last person who would leave home without a word. Netta and her parents desperately seek answers to Adam's disappearance. Could he have run away with a girl he met on-line? Was he abducted for ransom? Or, is it possible that Palestinian terrorism is to blame - revenge for his Israeli father's work? When Netta makes a new and unlikely friend at school, an Arab boy named Laith, she begins addressing issues of prejudice - her classmates prejudice against foreign students, her own prejudice against Palestinians, and her family's growing suspicion that Palestinian hatred of Israelis is behind Adam's disappearance. In this thoughtful and suspenseful book, Gloria Miklowitz explores issues of Middle Eastern relationships through the eyes of young people on both sides of the age-old conflict. The surprising conclusion to the novel will leave readers with a renewed understanding of other people's needs, fears, and beliefs.


Almost unbearably suspenseful, the plot will keep readers turning the pages as fast as they can. - School Library Journal

About the Author

Gloria Miklowitz, a graduate of the University of Michigan, is the author of more than 60 fiction and nonfiction books for children and young adults. Her books have won national and international awards and deal with important issues such as nuclear war, racial injustice, steroid abuse, date violence and most recently militia involvement. Three of her novels were made into award-winning television specials, including one which won the Emmy for Best Children's Special in 1986 (The War Between the Classes). A frequent speaker at schools, Gloria has also taken part in conferences in the United States, South Africa and Sweden. Gloria currently lives in La Canada, California.

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143 pages


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Publication date

2nd March 2004



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