The final book of the internationally-bestselling
trilogy that includes The Breadwinner and Parvana's
Parvana's best friend, fourteen-year-old Shauzia, has
escaped the misery of her life in Kabul, only to end up in a
refugee camp in Pakistan. Shauzia finally decides to leave the camp
and try her luck on the streets. She is determined to earn money to
buy her passage out of the country. An incident with a dishonest
man lands her in jail, where she spends the night, terrified and
despairing, before well-meaning Americans she met when she was
begging rescue her. They take her to their home in a residential
part of Peshawar, and for a time she has a taste of a life where
children have food to eat and warm beds and toys to play with, and
she feels safe for the first time. But just when she thinks the
family will ask her to stay with them, disaster ensues, and Shauzia
finds herself driven back to the refugee camp, where she discovers
the old choices are not so easy any more.
This is a powerful and very human story of a feisty, driven girl
who tries to take control of her own life.
A map, glossary and author's note provide young readers
with background and context. Royalties from the sale of this book
will go to Street Kids International.