Words in the Dust

Words in the Dust

by Trent Reedy
Words in the Dust

Words in the Dust

by Trent Reedy


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Winner of the Christopher Medal and a "heart-wrenching" Al Roker's Book Club selection on the Today Show.

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545261265
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 09/24/2013
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 283,216
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Trent Reedy is the author of Divided We Fall, Burning Nation, and The Last Full Measure, a trilogy about the second American Civil War; If You're Reading This; Stealing Air; and Words in the Dust, which was the winner of the Christopher Medal and an Al Roker's Book Club pick on the Today show. Trent and his family live near Spokane, Washington. Please visit his website at www.trentreedy.com.

Read an Excerpt

From the foreword by Katherine Paterson:

I'd been eager to read this book ever since Trent first told me he was going to try to write it. And he has done in Zulaikha exactly what I hoped he would do. He has given me an Afghan friend for whom I care so deeply I cannot read a news report without wondering how what has occurred is affecting her life... I am profoundly grateful for an introduction to a land and culture that are foreign to me through this beautiful and often heart-breaking tale of one strong and compassionate girl. She will live on in my heart and, I feel sure, the heart of every reader of this fine book.

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