Words in the Dust by Trent ReedyWords in the Dust by Trent Reedy

Words in the Dust

byTrent Reedy

Paperback | September 24, 2013

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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?

TRENT REEDY is the author of Words in the Dust, an Al Roker's Book Club pick on The Today Show, as well as Stealing Air. Born and raised in Iowa, where he taught high school English, Trent and his wife now live in Spokane, Washington. Please visit his website at www.trentreedy.com.
Title:Words in the DustFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.58 × 5.27 × 0.63 inPublished:September 24, 2013Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545261260

ISBN - 13:9780545261265


Read from the Book

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.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Words in the Dust"I love this story-it leaves no doubt that hope and love speak the same language everywhere." - Suzanne Fisher Staples, author of Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind"Both heart-wrenching and timely." - Kirkus Reviews"Reedy's narrative offers hope and will go a long way toward helping readers understand the people behind the headlines." -Publishers Weekly"[Words in the Dust] is full of hard truths, painful lessons, beautiful human interaction, and the promise of possibility." -School Library Journal