Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy audiobook

Words in the Dust

By Trent Reedy
Read by Ariana Delawari

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8.45 Hours 1
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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?

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the Christopher Award

Winner of ALA Best Book for Young Adults for fiction

Winner of the Parents' Choice Award for historical fiction

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?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Sensitive and empathetic…I like the way Reedy presents cultural differences and breaks down stereotypes.” Independent on Sunday (London)
“Infused with poetry, and wrought with hardship, the story gives a bleak, but ultimately hopeful, portrayal of girlhood in Afghanistan. It is full of hard truths, painful lessons, beautiful human interaction, and the promise of possibility.” School Library Journal
“[A] deeply moving view of a young girl caught between opportunity and tradition in contemporary Afghanistan.” Booklist
“Trent Reedy’s beautiful, heartbreaking story informs us with the initimate details of imperfect, ordinary lives in an exotic land. With great compassion and honesty, he touches us with the familiar light and darkness that live in every human heart. I love this story—it leaves no doubt that hope and love speak the same language everywhere.” Suzanne Fisher, author of Newbery Honor book Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind

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Author

Author Bio: Trent Reedy

Author Bio: Trent Reedy

Trent Reedy is the author of several novels, including Words in the Dust, which received a Christopher Award and was also an Al Roker’s Book Club pick on NBC’s Today show.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 8.45
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English