Words in the Dust

Words in the Dust

By Trent Reedy

Arthur A. Levine Books, Paperback, 9780545261265, 264pp.

Publication Date: September 24, 2013


A "heart-wrenching" Al Roker's Book Club selection.

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?

About the Author
Trent Reedy served in the Iowa National Guard from 1999 to 2005, including a year s tour of duty in Afghanistan. Based upon his experiences there, he wrote Words in the Dust, which won the Christopher Medal. Please visit his website at www.trentreedy.com.

Praise For Words in the Dust

I love this storyit 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

A beautifully written novel that introduces young readers to a fascinating culture.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Readers will readily find themselves rooting for Zulaikha in this simply told yet thoughtful story.” The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books