• 32 Pages
  • 8" x 10"
  • 9780807575253
  • March 2008

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  • The narrative flows smoothly, and da Costa’s language makes the story seem more a legend or folktale than a modern tale…The endpapers, which depict the old city with the Wailing Wall and the Dome of the Rock practically touching, are quite effective.

    - School Library Journal

  • Older children with some knowledge of Middle East politics, either from listening to the news or talking about the discord in secular or religious schools, will catch the deeper meaning…The realistically executed watercolor art catches the strong emotional content of the argument and conveys enough detail in dress and setting to establish the boys’ cultural background while still making them part of the modern world.

    - Booklist

  • Full-bleed watercolor illustrations really convey the mood and places of the ancient city, as well as the human beings—and cats…Development, human and feline, is nicely characterized.

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • The watercolor art by this husband-and-wife team balances precise, close-up portraits of the boys with softly focused backgrounds that depict the various cultural nuances of the setting.

    - Publishers Weekly

Awards & Accolades

  • Children's Literature Choice List 2002
  • Notable Children's Books of Content: The Best of the Bunch from 2001 (Association of Jewish Libraries)


Ying-Hwa Hu
Cornelius Van Wright

Common Core

RL.2.1,2,3,5,6,7,10 RL.3.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,10 RL.4.1,2,3,4,6,9


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.50
  • ATOS Level: 3.10