Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein

Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein At the start of eleven year old Ali Fadhil was consumed by his love for soccer video games and American television shows Then on January Iraq s dictator Saddam Hussein went to war with th

  • Title: Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein
  • Author: Jennifer Roy
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 351
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  • 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 lead 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 playAt 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 lead 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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    1. I'm a big fan of realistic historical fiction and this book for middle school kids jumps right up there with my top favorites. I'm curious as to how much of this book is actually fiction and not fictionalized, but either way, I found it simply un-put-downable. I was in high school during the first Iraq war and I remember it fairly well. My friends and I were fascinated by it, in a naively idealistic, we-are-the-saviors-of-the-world kind of way. To read about the war from the perspective of a kid [...]

    2. I had no idea what to expect with this book and ended up really enjoying it. I read it for the February #yabookchat discussion on Twitter. It tells the story of Ali Fadhil, the co-author of the book, who was a boy in Iraq during Desert Storm. This is his retelling of what it was like for those 40 days, and then his work as a translator during Saddam Hussein's trials later. My only drawback: it did read like a co-authored biographical work, meaning that some points were choppy/disjointed since it [...]

    3. I was close to the age of Jennifer Roy's protagonist during Operation Desert Storm, so it was interesting to experience the war from a young Iraqi's perspective. Based on events from Ali Fadhil's childhood, we meet Ali and his family in the city of Basra during the war: schools are closed, food is dispersed in rations, and citizens are just trying to make it through each day. Yet Ali and his friends are still kids, coming together to play ball, making a game of scavenging through war debris, and [...]

    4. E ARC from Edelweiss Above the TreelineAli lives in Basra, Iraq in 1991 with his family, including brothers Ahmed and Shirzad and young sister Shireen. His mother is a math professor, his father is a dentist and army medic reservist, and the family lives a comfortable life complete with video games and American television programs. Ali has known war for much of his life, but when the US prepares to launch Dessert Storm attacks, he realizes how much more serious this war is. Since bridges have be [...]

    5. I picked this up at ALA and read it then before passing it on to other reviewers. I ended up getting another digital copy and read it a second time before writing this review. I'm a big proponent of introducing American kids to what life is like around the world and now regret giving away my ARC of this title. I'll be buying it as I'm planning on including this in a World History/ Social Justice Homeschool Unit that we'll start either this Summer of next Fall. Anyhow, on with the review:This sto [...]

    6. The unique title is what made me research this book. When I found out it was based on a true story of a boy who had survived Operation Desert Storm, I knew I had to read it. I haven’t read any literature on that particular historical event and I was glad to see that this book was specifically geared towards the younger audience. I was a toddler during Desert Storm, but when the Second Persian Gulf War took place, I was old enough to be aware of the situation and remember it. Some children toda [...]

    7. A cute map at the beginning taught me some geography, but this story isn't for me. I like books that weave the setting into the story. In this book, the setting is the story. The first two chapters are almost exclusively the narrator addressing the reader, telling us the context of the story. I wanted to read it long enough to see if the narrator thought his Atari game would save the initials he put into the high score board (it won't), but I couldn't.

    8. This book is amazing. I very much recommend it for adult readers, and I would hesitate to have a middle grader read it if they are anything like me. I'm around the same age as the authors, and reading this boy's perspective on living under such horrific rule that we all watched from the safety of the USA made me just sick. This story is inspiring and scary and amazing. A must read.

    9. Fascinating that the family is Christian and Kurdish. There are students in my school for whom this book will be a mirror, but for the rest of uswhat a powerful window.

    10. 4.5 starsReally affecting novel that is more appropriate for older middle grade readers, around 11 to 12 or so. Complete review to come.Full review:A young person myself during the 1991 U.S. war against Iraq, this book really widened my eyes. At that time, I wasn't interested all that much in the news, so while I was aware of the war going on, I didn't understand much about it. I've learned more since, but this book gave me a whole new perspective on the conflict. I will discuss the plot in some [...]

    11. Hundreds of books are published each year (for all reading and grade levels) that focus on the lives of people struggling to get through World War II. That is a very well-researched and "comfortable" (in the sense that it happened far enough go to be more "history" than "reality" to most living people) genre to find stories in. A bit more rare is wartime fiction featuring most recent conflicts, and by focusing on the early-1990s Gulf War that is what "Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein" builds it [...]

    12. "Soon, America-- the land that I love-- is going to try to kill me. I'll try not to take it personally."Ali Fadhil is a young Iraqi boy during the Gulf War. During the 43 days that most of the book spans, Ali witnesses or experiences bombings, reduced (or non-existent) rations, murders, attempted theft, and the painful not-knowing of whether or not his father will return from the war. I think this book has a lot of great qualities: most importantly, it shows the experiences of the Gulf War from [...]

    13. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 for Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein by @jenniferroyauthor and Ali Fadhil. Thanks to @hmhkids for sending this to me to share with the @kidlitexchange network (#partner). All opinions are my own._*_*_*_*_*Swipe for the inside jacket._*_*_*_*_*War isn't pretty and this middle grade novel does a good job depicting that fact without being too morbid. Ali experiences food shortages, has to endure his father being conscripted into the army, endures nightly bombings and wit [...]

    14. Ali lives with his family in Basra, Iraq. It is 1991 and America has just declared war on Iraq because Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait. Ali remembers the last war with Iran that lasted eight years and hopes this one goes better. Ali's father is a Kurdish dentist and reservist in the army. He leaves the family for weeks at a time. Ali's family lives in a nice neighborhood in Basra so they are not bombed, but they do feel the effects of the war. There are food and fuel shortages throughout the city. [...]

    15. This is a slice of life novel based on a true story about Ali and his family in Basra under military siege during Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait in 1991. Key plot points revolve around Ali’s missing father, the ascension of his older brother to a head of household status with his father’s absence, and twin bullies Omar and Umar whose father has close ties to the Baath party.I’m always on the lookout for short books that take place under dramatic circumstances, and I think that this [...]

    16. An arc was provided by the publisher for an honest review.This is a great nonfiction written for an audience of Grades 5-7. This was a book that the reader doesn't want to put down. It follows 11year old Ali's experience of the 43 days of the bombing Iraq by nations, including the US. Operation Desert Storm. As someone who was an 8 year old in the US at the time, this provided more information, grounded from a real pre-teen boy's 2nd experience of war.There are some brief graphic scenes of hate [...]

    17. Huge thank you to Raincoast for this ARC!I was intrigued by Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein when I heard about it during Raincoast's Fall #TeensReadFeed preview. It's a story about living through bombings, yet still trying to live life despite constant fears. This book takes place during 1991 when Saddam Hussein goes to war with the United States. Ali Fadhil, an eleven year old boy, who just wants a normal life of loving soccer, video games and American television. This was an interesting read [...]

    18. Thank you to NetGalley for an eARC of this book. All opinions are my own.It's 1991, and 11-year-old Ali lives in Basra, Iraq. President Saddam Hussein has invaded Kuwait, and the United States declares war on Iraq. Ali and his family are forced to move into one of the bedrooms in their home each evening while the city is bombed. Ali's father disappears, and his older brother, Shirzad becomes the insufferable head of the household in his absence. For forty-one days, the war continues, and we see [...]

    19. I received an Advance Reader's Copy of this book.Though this is a middle grade book, adults should read it to gain insight into a child's experience with war. The story is set in 1991 Iraq during Operation Desert Storm. Ali Fadhil is an 11-year-old boy trying to survive America's bomb attacks with his family in the "safe room" in his home. He thinks Saddam Hussein is stupid to think that Iraq can win this war against the almighty American army. To distract himself from his fears, he imagines him [...]

    20. I'm a big fan of realistic historical fiction. I'm curious as to how much of Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein is actually fiction and not fictionalized. I found it simply un-put-downable.Playing Atari is very well written with tons of intimate details about everyday life in Iraq. I felt like Ali's thoughts, reactions, and feelings were incredibly genuine and will give kids reading the story a unique perspective on life in the Middle East. Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an adva [...]

    21. This is an oral history of the life of 11 year old Ali during the first Gulf War. Ali narrates his struggles—living with his entire in the room the farthest away from the high school, a possible target; food shortages; fear of nightly bombings; missing his father—he doesn't make war seem glamorous, and he clarifies the voice of the on-the-ground Iraqi. This is a good read for middle school and up.

    22. Short, quick middle grade historical fiction set during the 1991 Iraq war. I felt a lot of warmth for the narrator -- his voice is so relatably young (equal parts impulsive, frustrated, and hopeful) that it was easy to "know" him even as his experience was so foreign to me. His note about "I love American tv and I want to try pizza " broke my heart. This book fills a collection hole for sure and I'm glad to be able to hand it to kids.

    23. A cogent story of war from a child's/teenager's perspective. Could lend itself to classroom or book group discussion about the United States' role in the Middle East crises. Although marketed to middle grade (ages 10-12), I would recommend to 8th grade and above because of a graphic account of a mass execution.

    24. Based on a true story, this is an account from an Iraqi boy's point of view of Operation Desert Storm in 1991. Fictionalized to read like a novel, it is important for young readers to learn about history through a variety of lenses. Characters remained flat and writing was clunky at times, but there were powerful moments with honest depictions of war that will engage and inform young readers.

    25. Excellent, fast-paced and interesting. Recounts Ali’s (a middle school boy) experience of the American war against Iraq when Saddam Hussein refused to leave Kuwait in 1991. His family lived in Basra, only 30 miles from the border with Kuwait, where his father was stationed as a medic. (Spoiler) Ali has a fascination with America and learned to speak English so well, he grew up to be a translator at Saddam’s trial.

    26. Quite an eye-opening and well written story of a boy and his family, in Iraq, during Operation Desert Storm.

    27. Historical fiction about an 11-year-old boy living through the Iraq war with Kuwait in 1991? Yes, please! Well-written, fast-paced, authentic story. Loved it.

    28. Great book! I love accessible middle grade historical fiction. This book will be an easy sell at the library.

    29. So good- exactly the kind of book that makes history "come alive", and in this case, the ending makes this story even more unforgettable.

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