Ahlam Bsharat is a Palestinian writer who was born in 1975 in the village of Tammun in the Jenin province of Northern Palestine, where she grew up. After completing a Master's Degree in Arabic Literature at An-Najah National University in Nablus, she worked as a teacher for several years, and at present commutes between Tammun and Ramallah, where she works for the Ministry of Culture. Besides poetry, picture books, short stories, novels, and memoirs, she has written a number of television and radio scripts.Her books have received many awards and recommendations. Ismee Alharakee Farasha (translated into the English as Code Name: Butterfly) was included in the IBBY Honor List for 2012, a biennial selection of outstanding, recently published books from more than seventy countries. The book was also the runner up for the Etisalat Award For Children's Arabic Literature. The author presented at the Emirates Literature Festival in Dubai in March 2016. Bsharat has been active in numerous cultural forums, and her craft has taken her to Belgium and France, where she was artist in residence. She has also led many creative writing workshops for children and adults.
`Enlightening, funny and affecting, Code Name: Butterfly is a brief story that packs quite a punch.' Riveting Reads, A World of Books In Translation, School Library Association, UK; `We look out through the eyes of a 14 or 15-year-old girl who doesn't know what to think about her eyebrows, much less the two-state solution. We, like her, must start over with new vocabulary. Indeed, if Butterfly has a superpower, it's her mastery of the power of questions. ... the book's questions strip not just Butterfly of certainty but also the reader, making it a valuable read for a teen or adult.' The National, UAE; `... powerful short novel ... beautiful, descriptive prose ... searingly honest and brave portrayal of the harsh realities of life living under occupation seen through the eyes of the young protagonist who is trying hard to make sense of it all.' Outside In World-Exploring World Books, UK; `... the personal squabbles and betrayals at the heart of this novel make for a fascinating and enlightening read.' The Pirate Tree: Social Justice and Children's Literature, UK; `... her observations of life under occupation are often both astute and amusing, and the butterfly motif employed throughout demonstrates perfectly the journey of a teenager moving towards adulthood.' National Centre for Research In Children's Literature (NCRCL) blog at Roehampton University, London; 'A beautiful, astounding book that daringly, yet seamlessly blends the dreamy world of adolescence with the tough questions it brings. Code Name: Butterfly speaks with intelligence, wit and irony about the injustices and implications of occupation.' Jehan Helou, Chairman, The International Board on Books for Young People Palestine Chapter.