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Words in the Dust Audible – Unabridged

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  • 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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Format: Hardcover
Whatever your feelings on the war in Afghanistan "Words in the Dust" will make you think about this issue in a different way. While we, as Americans, view the war through the lens of politics or ideology, Reedy shows us Afghanistan through the eyes of a young girl named Zulaikha. While we debate war strategy and think of success in terms of the latest statement by General Patreaus or President Obama, Zulaikha hopes only for a chance to learn to read. While we obsess about transforming Afghan society on a large scale, this heartrending story shows the impact of transforming the life of one small girl.

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".
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Format: Hardcover
A children's book, written by a soldier about an Afghani girl, set in the recent past. That's a toughie. There are a lot of easier books out there to review too. Why aren't I writing one about the adorable little girl who wants to be Little Miss Apple Pie or the one about the cute dog that wants to find its home? Well, sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone, which I suspect is what author Trent Reedy wanted to do here. With an Introduction by Katherine Paterson and enough backmatter to sink a small dinghy, Reedy takes a chance on confronting the state of the people of Afghanistan without coming off as imperialist, judgmental, or a know-it-all. For the most part he succeeds, and the result is a book that carries a lot more complexity in its 272 pages than the first 120 or so would initially suggest. Bear with it then. There's a lot to chew on here.

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.
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A Kid's Review on January 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I just got finished reading Words in the Dust by, Trent Reedy.

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
Age 12
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Format: Hardcover
Wow, what a great story. I was wrapped up in this girls life. I didn't want to put the book down and leave her in such a bad place. There have been only 3 books that pulled me in to the point that i missed the character when I finished the book.This is one of them. Great teaching tool for young people. A very real child in a real place with a life so different from theirs. I give it 5 Wow's.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My son and I read this book together. Not only was it a chance to explore a new culture and gain a greater understanding of the plight of the Afghani people, but it was an excellent means for us to discuss the huge differences that exist for children in different parts of our global community. This book held great meaning to us, not only for the tender connection between the two sisters, but for opening our eyes to the burdens of females in war-torn Afghanistan. Bravo, Mr. Reedy, for bringing us a well-written and thought-provoking book!
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In his book "Words in the Dust," author Trent Reedy brings the distant land of Afghanistan to life through the story of a young teenage girl afflicted with the disfigurement a cleft lip, which creates an obstacle to finding a husband. Her struggles with coming of age while being tormented by her peers makes her real while drawing the reader into her culture and religion. Her story takes place during the American occupation in 2005 and depicts American soldiers as having good intentions while not always knowing local customs. This story educated me about Afghan culture, the struggle of women under Taliban rule and traditional Islam , with a few surprising twists along the way. I would recommend this book for young adults and older. I couldn't put it down!
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