Kiss the Dust

Kiss the Dust

by Elizabeth Laird


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Kiss the Dust by Elizabeth Laird

Tara is an ordinary teenager. Although her country, Kurdistan, is caught up in a war, the fighting seems far away. It hasn't really touched her. Until now. The secret police are closing in. Tara and her family must flee to the mountains with only the few things they can carry. It is a hard and dangerous journey—but their struggles have only just begun. Will anywhere feel like home again?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781509826728
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 10/01/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 9 - 14 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Laird is the multi-award-winning author of several much-loved children's books, including A Little Piece of Ground and Jake's Tower. She has been shortlisted for the prestigious Carnegie Medal six times.

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Kiss the Dust 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Team_Cromwell888 More than 1 year ago
My teacher this year read it to us and here is why I disliked it, 1) Way too long 2) Hard to understand 3) depressing 4) bad ending 5)skips a lot 6) doesn't teach much throughout Save your money!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I am Kurdish and was very excited when I found this book at the library because their are few books for teens on the Kurds. It did not disappoint me and is a very realistic story of what the Kurds have gone through. Everyone should read this so they can learn about the Kurdish ethicity and way of life in a interesting book that will change their life forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
oh my goodness man this book was off the lock man i loved it i dont see how anyone can down this book it was kind of long but once you got pass that part you was like woah! this is good i read it a few years ago but i still remember it as one of the best books i ever read and i read alot
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was okay. It was kind of sad reading about a my age going through everything, and yet still moving on with her life. I realize that there are people who went through that , after reading the after story. But still if you think about people take for granted the government and the way of life, and Kidd the Dust is a story that lets people see how lucky they really are.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book makes me feel very lucky living in America. Imagine living a place that doesn't have enough of simple things like toilets and soap.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book reminds me of how lucky I am living here in America. Tara must leave all her life behind to live in a camp that doesn't have enough of simple things like toilets and soap.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book the first time I read it in 4th grade, then while cleaning out a box in the garage I came by it again my freshman year in college. It did not disappoint. I thought this was a great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a great book about the kurds and refuges
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books i have ever read. It really showed me how hard it really is to live in when your counrty is in war. This was am awesome book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this book was one of the best I've ever read. It truly demonstrates the struggle the Kurdish people have gone through for centuries and recommend it to everyone. The author has done a wonderful job in background research of the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kiss the Dust by Elizabeth Laird lacks both the profound meaning and hidden depth in Animal Farm and the lucid, graphic, sensory detail in The Good Earth. The plot did not keep me interested at all. I could basically predict the rest of the book after reading through the first few chapters. Of course, it¿s quite believable, as the author had consulted with many other Kurdish families and asked about their stories prior to the writing of this book, but the way she compiled the multitude of information was deplorable. Think about it, readers: Tara lives perfectly fine in a luxury home in Sulaimaniya in the beginning, and after a whole story of turmoil (in the mountains, and at both camps), lives safely again. What the author forgot to emphasize in the plot is how this particular family of refugees is unique from others that had similar experiences. What makes a novel¿s plot interesting is uniqueness and creativity, and Elizabeth¿s book has none of these qualities. With regard to the pace of the story, Elizabeth falls short again. The uneven pacing and inconsistency between different settings is evident. Although it begins with a moderate pace in Sulaimaniya, it grew excessively sluggish once the family moved to the mountains, and continues to be slow throughout the end of their stay at the first refugee camp. The rest is written like a running cheetah; with almost no detail, she concludes with a short note that they have found a secure residence. Note that ¿slowness¿ does not refer to the story moving along slowly due to a myriad amount of detail giving about the situation, it refers to certain unnecessary events she put in, which causes it to be all the worse. The standard for pace is consistency; an author can¿t choose to make certain portions move like a sloth, and then speed through the rest. This irregularity detracts from the overall quality of the book. There is an amazing lack of interesting details in this book. And while some of the situations were realistic, it was hard to put oneself in that position, because the author gives no detail whatsoever of the surroundings. One the mountains, when the bombers came to bomb their village, unlike what I would have expected, which was deafening noise within my head, I felt as if the bomb was like a ball falling to the floor from one foot high. A few comments about how Tara felt does not make the event more real and does not cut it: how about describing the explosion in a more descriptive manner? This type of writing, focusing more on action/dialogue rather than description is very elementary. The ideal book has about three ¿ fourths description, one ¿ fourth action/dialogue, not the other way around, as Kiss the Dust is written. Another part of the book that lacks detail is their stay at the second camp; the author attempts to end the story very quickly after that, forming a ¿tiger¿s head, snake¿s tail¿. There are zero methods any reader can put himself ¿inside the story¿: the descriptions, if any, were extremely general and gave a vague and smudged picture of the real situation. She makes the reader hope that she had spent more time pondering over what to write about the setting. The dialogue was plain bland. If anything, it was stereotypical everyday talk. As I mentioned before, there are no characteristics of the main characters that make them unique from others in similar situations (i.e. in danger). The characters were stock to the edge, as there was nothing more expected than Tara in Kurdistan worrying about her old home and being nostalgic for her friends. How about delving deeper into the more intimate and meaningful feelings that readers won¿t guess? The people definitely sounded made ¿ up¿how often does a person get stricken with disease in horrible camp conditions, recovers, and becomes healthier than ever before (Teriska Khan)? Then you have another unbelievable and record ¿ setting character, Ashti. With one impaired arm, he manages to save Tara from a rag
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was the most interesting I've read in a long time. I was totally unaware of the situation with the Kurdish people, and what they're going through. This is a really good book, and I hope that you enjoy it too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is truly touching and reminds you that sometimes you dont think you have enough, but you always have your family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kiss the Dust is filled with wonderfully researched ethnographic details about Kurdish and refugee culture.