- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 27 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Scholastic Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: February 1, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00740LE86
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This book reminds the reader that the war is not, as much as we like think it is, about us... it is about Zulaikha and the other children of this windswept and unfortunate country. If you are looking for a book that shows the challenges facing the average family in Afghanistan and paints a beautiful picture of their hopes and dreams you cannot do better than "Words in the Dust".
Zulaikha would stand out in any crowd. It's not her fault, but born with jutting teeth and a cleft upper lip she finds herself on the receiving end of the taunts of the local boys, and sometimes even her own little brother. Then everything in her life seems to happen at once. She's spotted by an American soldier, who with his fellows manages to convince their captain to have Zulaikha flown to a hospital for free surgery. At the same time she makes the acquaintance of a friend of her dead mother, a former professor who begins to teach her girl how to read. Top it all off with the upcoming surprise marriage of Zeynab, Zulaikha's older sister, and things seem to be going well. Unfortunately, hopes have a way of becoming dashed, and in the midst of all this is a girl who must determine what it is she wants and what it is the people she cares about need.Read more ›
In this book Zulaikha a girl that has cleft lip makes her discoveries in life. Being teased all her life and having the nickname "Donkey Face" she realizes more important things in life like her sister Zeynab's wedding and Meena's poetry. When she was a little girl her mother Samia was killed because she was hiding books and they were illegal in Afghanistan. She has a step mother who was mean to her. But only because she was reminded of her past when Zulaikha was around. Zulaikha was worked extra hard and was sent out a lot. This was how she meant Meena a friend of her moms.
My favorite part was when Zulaikha meets Meena because Meena is very kind and you can learn a lot about life from her. I felt that Zeynab's husband did not care about her. It makes me feel lucky about where I live. I normally read fantasy and this story was even better because of the way it was written and, also what it is about and the setting it takes place in.
I really enjoyed this book. I think you will to.
- Laura Wiklund
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Toni H
Fantastic book. Highly recommend for all audiences above high school.Published 1 month ago by Review
Agree with all the other positive reviews. I like how it was written by a U.S. soldier! I love the glimpse into daily life of women in Afghanistan.Published 2 months ago by H. Bennett
It was to hard to follow. Language was diffcult. Ending wasen't what I expected.Published 9 months ago by G. Miller
I actually listened to the audiobook. The reader was so wonderful and the book so good that I felt like it was the actual Afgani girl telling her story. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bookish
I have bought a copy of this for several of my friends and family b/c I liked this book so much. If you like trying to understand other cultures, and have a heart of compassion,... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Grandma08