Words in the Dust

Words in the Dust

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Ages 10-14
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ISBN 13: 978-0-54-526126-5
272 Pages
Dimensions: 0.5L x 5.2W x 7.6H inches
Weight (lbs): 0.6
English Language
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Subject & Themes: World Cultures, Contemporary World History, Appearance & Self-Perception, Family Life
Genre: Fiction and Literature

Summary

Zulaikha hopes. She hopes for peace, now that the Taliban have been driven from Afghanistan; a good relationship with her hard stepmother; and one day even to go to school, or to have her cleft palate fixed. Zulaikha knows all will be provided for her--"Inshallah," God willing.

Then she meets Meena, who offers to teach her the Afghan poetry she taught her late mother. And the Americans come to her village, promising not just new opportunities and dangers, but surgery to fix her face. These changes could mean a whole new life for Zulaikha--but can she dare to hope they'll come true?

Contributors:Trent Reedy became fascinated with Afghanistan when he served there with the U.S. Army in 2004-2005. Upon his return to the United States, he enrolled in the Writing for Children MFA program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where he wrote the first drafts of this book. Born and raised in Iowa, where he taught high school English, Trent and his wife now live in Washington State.

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