Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy is set in Afghanistan in 2005 and 2006. Zulaikha, the main character, is based on the girls the author met while he was serving in Afghanistan. Being a girl in Afghanistan is not easy and Zulaikha's life is complicated by a cleft lip. This is a condition that in the United States is corrected in infancy, but there are no doctors in her smile village. The military hopes they can convince Zulaikha's father that they can help her.
Recommended for grades 5 - 8