She hopes for peace, now that the Taliban have been driven out of power in Afghanistan.
She hopes for a better relationship with her hard stepmother. And she even hopes to go to school one day.
Then she meets Meena, who offers to teach her the poetry she once taught Zulaikha's mother.
And American troops come to the village, promising new opportunities and surgery to mend Zulaikha's face.
Can Zulaikha dare to hope these promises will come true?Words in the Dust is...beautiful. It was written by an actual American Soldier, and from what I read, I think the story is actually true. The main person in the story is Zulaikha. She lives with her stepmother Malehkah, her father, her older sister Zeynab, her older brother Najibullah and her two younger brothers Khalid and Habib, with another baby on the way.
It taught me a lot about the culture of Afghanistan. I didn't really know anything about it before but now I know quite a bit.
Zulaikha was so brave, although sometimes she just gave up which was a little annoying. Other than that, though, she is my favourite character.
I don't really like the cover - it's a bit too dull for me but I suppose the cover art does go well with the story. However, I give Words in the Dust 4/5! :) I recommend this to readers aged 11+.
Official Publication Date: January 2011
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