One Day the Sun Will Shine

Written by: Taghreed Najjar,


Amid the fast-moving events in Syria, Shaden, captain of the basketball team in her school, suddenly realizes that her world is about to change completely and that she must be strong and more responsible than she has ever been. Will she be able to face the difficulties awaiting her and find a haven for herself?

Parent/Teacher Guide

15 year old Shaden must flee the escalating violence in Syria after her home is bombed and destroyed and her father dies. Together with her mother they begin the long journey to safety. Their first destination is Beirut. Trouble and misfortune follow them to Beirut and Shaden finds herself all alone with no other choice but to take the dangerous trip by sea and land crossing many countries in the hope of reaching Malmo Sweden where her uncle lives. A young adult novel that gives readers a glimpse of why people are sometimes forced to leave their homes and countries and an insight into what it means to be a refugee

· Points for discussion : What does the Homeland mean to you?

· How does war and conflict affect the lives of people?

· Why are some people forced to leave their countries and seek refuge elsewhere?

· Are differences of opinion in the same family cause for a rift in the family? How should differences in opinion be expressed?

· What are the causes of illegal refuge? What are the dangers and risks? How difficult is it for a refugee to fit in a new culture and why?

· How important are friends in Shaden’s life? How important are they in your life?

· Why is it important to keep one’s dreams and aspirations alive and strive towards them?

· What are the causes for intolerance towards illegal refugees in some countries?

· Shaden faces some very sympathetic people and some intolerant people on her trip to safety. Discuss

· Discuss refugee camps found in surrounding countries to the conflict. How do people living in refugee camps feel?

· How do different cultures express joy and happiness to others. How does the Arab culture do that.

· Why is expressing celebration by shooting guns up in the air dangerous?

· Is Shaden an inspiring character? Have you heard of others?


Shortlisted for the Etisalat Children Literature Award 2017

Additional information
ISBN 9789957040949
Binding Soft Cover
Pages 244
Age Range 13+
Year of Publication 2017
Weight 0.331 kg
Dimensions 21 × 15 cm
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1 review for One Day the Sun Will Shine

  1. M. Lynx Qualey

    “ONE DAY THE SUN WILL SHINE is such a powerful, moving YA novel, my friends — a coming-of-age that begins in Damascus in the spring of 2011. There have been so few MG & YA novels translated from Arabic (I can think of three). Let’s change that.”

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About the Author: Taghreed Najjar

"Taghreed Najjar is a pioneer of modern children's literature in Jordan. A graduate of the American University of Beirut,Taghreed started her career as a teacher before becoming a full time writer of picture books and young adult novels. Her YA novels have been celebrated widely by her readers and various schools in the region have adopted them as part of their curriculum. A number of her books have won awards while others have been translated into foreign languages like English, Swedish, Turkish, French and Chinese.
One of her most critically acclaimed works is a series of ten picture books revolving around six-year old Jude and her family and friends.'The Halazone Series', deals with everyday childhood issues which are treated with humor and deftness by the author. One of Taghreed’s pet projects was collecting old Arabic children rhymes and publishing them in book and digital form to make them accessible to the modern child and family of today. She published two collections of rhymes, the latest entitled 'Musical Tickles' was selected by the National Centre for Children's Literature (a service of the French National Library) as one of the best publications in the Arab World in 2012/2013.

Taghreed is a member of the Jordanian Writer’s Association and takes part in international and regional conferences and workshops that deal with children literature.