Words in the Dust

Words in the Dust

by Trent Reedy


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Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy

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: 166,991
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 WORDS IN THE DUST, winner of the Christopher Medal and an Al Roker's Book Club pick on the Today Show, and STEALING AIR. Trent and his wife live in Spokane, Washington. Please visit his website at www.trentreedy.com.

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Words in the Dust 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Soldier72 More than 1 year ago
As one of the lucky few to receive an advance copy of Trent's novel, I cannot recommend it enough. Not only is his story touching and beautifully told, but as someone who had the honor of serving with the author in the war in Afghanistan, it is painfully accurate in its portrayal of life in this windswept and tragic land. "Words in the Dust" is a fictional account of real life events. I hope and pray that this lovely story will touch the hearts of people around the world and help us all to realize the importance of helping the Afghan people to regain their place in the world as members of a proud, peaceful and prosperous society. Finally, I thank Trent for telling a story in a way many soldiers, such as myself, never could. I will always be proud to call him my friend.
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
Most people want to be loved and accepted by others, in Trent Reedy's novel the protagonist wants to be "normal." Journey with the protagonist and learn the beauty of life when "outsiders" try to make changes to improve the world. This is an emotional tale that readers are sure to enjoy. "Words in the Dust," by Trent Reedy, is well written and has well developed characters with a fascinating storyline. It is sure to hold your attention and give you hope in miracles. A "burden" reveals the glory of human love in the hearts of many of the characters. **Glad to have read this novel, it's inspiring and insightful.
toniFMAMTC More than 1 year ago
This book opened my eyes to several things. Much of it is based on actual people and occurrences. The story is told from the point of view of an Afghani girl with a cleft palate and a desire to attend school. Some parts are interesting looks into a culture different from mine. Other parts are heart breaking. It definitely made me appreciate being born in my country. Words in the Dust should be on your reading list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My moms friend wrote this book
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I loved the book!!!
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I bought this book and this is my fave book!!!FOSHIZZLE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You almost got what vile ment in a way and she hit my head hard the same way you would knok on a door. Bvm