The YA historical fiction Kindle ebook “My Fatima” can be downloaded for free from amazon.com on 1/18/20 and 1/19/20. The story is about the friendship between two teenage girls-one from Germany, and the other from the Middle East. Both girls attend a girls school in Beirut, Lebanon in the 1960s. The German girl, Trudy is the daughter of the ambassador to Jordan, while the schoolmate she admires and befriends is a Palestinian named Fatima. It turns out Fatima’s boyfriend, Ali, is a PLO militant. Just before graduating from middle school, Trudy is kidnapped by Ali’s team. Ali is killed in that incident, and Trudy is kept under Fatima’s watch. Although Fatima is deeply saddened by her true love’s death, she remains loyal to Trudy and manages to bring Trudy to safety. The story ends in a tragedy, which bears out the point that the world needs peace, not wars.
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Lydia Lin has lived in a number of different countries throughout her childhood and youth. Although her educational background is in science and technology, she enjoys reading, writing, music, painting and gardening. Fascinated by ancient Chinese medicine, she has also taken a training course in acupuncture. Lydia believes that an important part of education is to enlighten people, to help them realize their potentials, and to enable them to appreciate and preserve all that is good about humanity.