Code Name: Butterfly

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Code Name: Butterfly

Written by Ahlam Bsharat
Translated by Nancy Roberts
September 12, 2022

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Shortlisted for the Palestine Book Awards 2017 and included in the 2012 IBBY Honour List of outstanding books.

‘An excellent read for adults or teens. Discussions: Who is in charge of this damned world? What is our responsibility towards justice? What is Butterfly’s responsibility?’ ArabLit Magazine (2016)

With irony and poignant teenage idealism, Butterfly draws us into her world of adult hypocrisy, sibling rivalries, girlfriends’ power plays, unrequited love…not to mention the political tension of life under occupation. As she observes her fragile environment with all its conflicts, Butterfly is compelled to question everything around her. Is her father a collaborator for the occupiers? Will Nizar ever give her the sign she’s waiting for? How will her friendship with the activist Mays and the airhead Haya survive the unpredictable storms ahead? And why is ‘honour’ such a dangerous word, anyway?

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