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Words In The Dust

By Trent Reedy

A breathtaking first novel - The Kite Runner for kids

Zulaikha hopes. She hopes for peace, now that the Taliban have been driven out of Afghanistan. She hopes for a good relationship with her hard stepmother. And she hopes one day even to go to school, or to have her cleft lip fixed. Zulaikha knows that 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 the village, promising not just new opportunities, but surgery to fix Zulaikha's face. These could mean a whole new life - but can Zulaikha dare to hope they will come true? Trent Reedy's breathtaking first novel, based on his experiences serving with the US Army in Afghanistan, shows astonishing insight into the different cultural attitiudes of the traditional people and their peace-keepers, and, in a land where hidebound traditions clash with an emerging desire for freedom, offers humanity and hope.

  • Will appeal to readers of award-winning authors such as John Boyne, Elizabeth Laird and Deborah Ellis and all who have ever wondered what British, US and other troops are doing in Afghanistan.
  • Based on author's real-life experiences while serving with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan
  • "A brilliant first book." - Jamila Gavin, author of Coram Boy.

About the author

Trent Reedy grew up in Iowa and has always loved telling stories. He majored in English at the University of Iowa and paid for his course by joining the Iowa Army National Guard. Called up to serve in Afghanistan in 2004, he experienced bad feelings both about the war and leaving his wife and home. Then, after reading Katherine Paterson's novel Bridge to Terabithia he started thinking about writing for young people. One of the children he encountered in Afghanistan was a young girl named Zulaikha, who had suffered since birth from a cleft lip. A U.S. army doctor gave her corrective surgery, and Trent was inspired by Zulaikha's quiet courage and dignity. The last time he saw her, he promised that he would tell her story. Returning to Iowa in 2005, he taught English before taking a Master of Fine Arts degree in writing for children and young adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. He now lives with his wife and dog Wiggles in Washington State, where he is hard at work on his second book.

ISBN: 9781847802712
Imprint: FRANCES LINCOLN
Distributor: Harper Collins Distribution Services for Australia and New Zealand
Binding: NS-PB
Release Date: February 1, 2012
Dimensions: 129 x 197mm, 320pp
Stock Status: STOCK
Australian RRP: $16.95
New Zealand RRP: $18.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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