Cover Reveal: PLAYING ATARI WITH SADDAM HUSSEIN: BASED ON A TRUE STORY by Jennifer Roy and Ali Fadhil

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A young girl growing up in the Lodz ghetto during the Holocaust. A teenage boy genius with Asperger Syndrome. A video game-loving boy living in Iraq during the first Gulf War…

These are some of the characters whose stories I have told. Writing them required research and interviews and more research because thankfully, unlike Syria in “Yellow Star” or Ali in “Playing Atari With Saddam Hussein,” I have not had to endure the horror of war. And unlike Nathaniel in “Mindblind” I am neither a genius nor on the autistic spectrum. But my protagonists are counting on me to tell their stories, so I can and describe their experience – what they hear, smell, taste, feel… and see.

In “Playing Atari,” I got the opportunity to look through the eyes of eleven-year old Ali, a boy from Basra, Iraq. (This is where I get to introduce my co-author Ali Fadhil…

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