What to Read After... Mr Gum 19/08/19
The Kites are Flying
Publisher: Walker Books
When television reporter, Max, visits communities on either side of a dividing wall in the West Bank, his intention is to give an objective view of life for both Jews and Palestinians.
He does not expect to find a friend; least of all a boy, Said, mute since the death of his older brother.
As Max investigates, Said makes kites and sends them flying over the wall to a young girl on the other side. Said dreams of peace but is not sure who shares his dream until one glorious day when the sky becomes a symbol of reconciliation and hope.
This dual narrative tale of a modern day conflict is both tragic and joyful. An accessible portrayal of the human consequences of political strife.