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One More River Can you imagine having to leave everything you have ever known to live in a country on the verge of war Lesley Shelby the main character in One More River by Lynn Reid Banks knows exactly how it feels This Jewish Canadian girl has to emigrate to Israel with her family Through the determination and courage of one person we see how challenges complications and differences of the world are overcome In the story the most important character is Lesley Lesley is a spoiled pretty Jewish fourteen year old living in Canada As the story progresses we see Lesley change to a caring and mature person by overcoming the differences in her new life Two other important characters are Nat Shelby and Mustapha Lesleys father Nat Shelby is the person who decided the family needed to live in Israel Mr Shelby decides he doesnt want his daughter growing up as a spoiled uncaring princess Mustapha other important character is an Arab boy who Lesley watches abuse his donkey across the Jordan River All the Jews are not supposed to hate Arabs but Lesley however comes in contact with Mustapha by the river and talks to him as a person not as an enemy Mustapha made Lesley a more understanding person towards different kinds of people The character I would most admire is Lesley for her ability to adapt to a new home country and way of life Throughout the book there were many turning points The war made Lesley really feel a part of Israel and the people Another turning point was when Lesley was allowed to join the poola because she was finally excepted as one of them The most important turning point is when Lesley at the end of the book takes the picture Mustapha threw at her and wrote a peace between us and between our peoples in three languages and stuck it in
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