Kiss the Dust

Paperback | January 4, 1994

byElizabeth Laird

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An ALA Best Book for Young Adults. No place is safe for Tara and her family. Twelve-year-old Tara Hawrami lives a normal life in Iraq—until the day she sees a boy, a Kurd like herself, get shot by soldiers in the street. But Tara still doesn’t realize just how dangerous life for the Kurds has become until the Iraqi secret police come for her father. Then her family must flee their home for the mountains of Kurdistan, but even there they are not safe. Iraqi bombs drive the Hawramis over the border into Iran, where they must live in a brutal refugee camp. Will they ever find a place they can truly call home again?
 
* “Laird weaves compelling facts about the conflict between the Arabs and the Kurds into her gripping tale about one family’s escape to freedom.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
 
“An exciting, behind-the-headlines story.”—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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Because the Iraqi secret police are looking for her father, Tara Hawrami and her family must flee the only home they have ever known and live in a brutal refugee camp. "An important contribution to the growing number of refugee stories".--Kirkus Reviews, pointered review. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

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An ALA Best Book for Young Adults. No place is safe for Tara and her family. Twelve-year-old Tara Hawrami lives a normal life in Iraq—until the day she sees a boy, a Kurd like herself, get shot by soldiers in the street. But Tara still doesn’t realize just how dangerous life for the Kurds has become until the Iraqi secret police come f...

Elizabeth Laird is a writer of children's fiction and travel, and lives in England. She is also known for the large body of folktales which she collected from the regions of Ethiopia. Her books have been translated into at least fifteen languages Her works include: Red Sky in the Morning--Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal and sho...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pagesPublished:January 4, 1994Publisher:Penguin Books of Canada, Limited

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140368558

ISBN - 13:9780140368550

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Because the Iraqi secret police are looking for her father, Tara Hawrami and her family must flee the only home they have ever known and live in a brutal refugee camp. "An important contribution to the growing number of refugee stories".--Kirkus Reviews, pointered review. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults