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Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein

Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein

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Title: Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein*

Contributors: Jennifer Roy & Ali Fadhil

Format: Trade Paperback

Age Range: Ages 10 to 12, Grades 5 to 7

At the start of 1991, eleven-year-old Ali Fadhil was consumed by his love for soccer, video games, and American television shows. Then, on January 17, Iraq’s dictator, Saddam Hussein, went to war with thirty-four nations led by the United States.

Over the next forty-three days, Ali and his family survived bombings, food shortages, and constant fear. Ali and his brothers played soccer on the abandoned streets of their Basra neighborhood, wondering when or if their medic father would return from the war front. Cinematic, accessible, and timely, this is the story of one ordinary kid’s view of life during war.

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