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Oranges in No Man's Land
A gripping story of a girl risking death to make a lifesaving dash through wartorn Beirut.

Oranges in No Man’s Land tells the riveting story of ten-year-old Ayesha’s terrifying journey across no man’s land to reach a doctor in hostile territory in search of medicine for her dying grandmother.

Set in Lebanon during the civil war, this story is told by award-winning author Elizabeth Laird and is based on personal, real-life events. Elizabeth stayed on the green line in Beirut in 1977 in a war-damaged flat with her husband and six-month-old son. Memories of her son sleeping in a suitcase on the floor, taking his first steps on the bullet-riddled balcony, playing with the soldiers on the checkpoint, and her husband racing through no man’s land in the buildup to a battle have all inspired this gripping and moving story.

Elizabeth Laird says, “When I wrote Oranges in No Man’s Land, I didn’t know that Lebanon would be plunged back so soon into a nightmare. Caught up in that nightmare are children like Ayesha and Samar, whose lives political leaders so easily throw away.”

Elizabeth Laird has been nominated four times for the Carnegie Medal and has won both the NestlĂ© Smarties Book Prize and the Children’s Book Award (UK). Her numerous books, including A Little Piece of Ground (Haymarket Books, 2006), have been published around the world.

Other books by Elizabeth Laird

  • Red Sky in the Morning

    A moving narrative about a young girl's experience with disability, loss, and the power of unconditional love.
  • A Little Piece of Ground

    An extraordinary book about war and peace through the eyes of a twelve-year-old boy.