The Heart of Aleppo: A Story of the Syrian Civil War

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By award-winning and best-selling author Ammar Habib

From the ashes of the Syrian Civil War comes this story of hope, love, and courage…

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From the ashes of the Syrian Civil War comes this story of hope, love, and courage…

After standing for over 7,000 years, Aleppo’s ruin came overnight. Separated from his family during the night the rebels attacked the city, thirteen-year-old Zaid Kadir is lost in the middle of a war zone. Alongside his friends, he is forced to survive the dangers of a civil war he does not even fully understand. Zaid witnesses the destruction of the brutal Syrian Civil War as it grows more deadly by the day and rips his city apart. However, as he braves this destruction, as he desperately tries to survive this catastrophe, he discovers something. Zaid realizes that it is in the darkest hours when humanity’s spirit of hope burns brightest.

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1 review for The Heart of Aleppo: A Story of the Syrian Civil War

  1. Will Daniels

    The best novel I’ve read this year! This story is absolutely heart-wrenching. I was generally aware of what’s going on in Syria. However, this story put everything in a different perspective for me. The story focuses on a young teenager, Zaid Kadir, who is separated from his family in Aleppo after it is over run by the rebels. Along with his two best friends, Salman and Fatima, he has to survive the horrors of a war that no child should ever have to face.

    The author does a great job of humanizing Zaid. He’s a normal 13-year-old boy no different than any American or European kid. He has dreams for the future. He is experiencing his first true crush (maybe even love). He wants to be accepted by his peers. By the author doing that, I felt like I could relate to Zaid at an entirely different level, and I felt like I was in his place. At times, it felt like I could literally feel the bombs dropping and the shooting as Zaid and his friends have to fight to survive time and time again.

    Like I’ve heard the author say, this book isn’t about the politics. Instead, it shows the bravery of humanity as we see the people of Aleppo rescuing one another time and time again. We also see humanity at its worst in the form of the rebels, soldiers, and some of Aleppo’s citizens who have become lost to the chaos of war.

    I truly believe this is a book everyone should read! Not only does it give a better understanding of The Syrian Civil War, but it also helps us understand the plight of the people in war torn regions in a way that we might not otherwise get.

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