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“An inside look at an ordinary Afghanistan family trying to survive in extraordinary times, it is both heart-wrenching and timely.” –Kirkus Reviews

Words in the Dust

Written by Trent Reedy
Published by Arthur A. Levine Books

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?

Primary ISBN: 9780545261258

Available As: Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook
Chapter Book, Age 09 or older

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Setting: Afghanistan

Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: In Home Country

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