A Little Piece of Ground by Elizabeth Laird
Twelve-year-old Karim Aboudi and his family are trapped in their Ramallah home by a strict curfew. When the curfew ends, Karim discovers an unused patch of ground that's perfect for playing soccer. But in this city there's constant danger, even for schoolboys, and when Israeli soldiers find Karim outside during the next curfew, it seems impossible that he will survive. This powerful novel fills a substantial gap in young adult literature on the Middle East.