Words in the Dust

Words in the Dust
Reedy, Trent

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?


Afghani teen Zulaikha is offered surgery to fix her cleft palate, but she soon learns that beauty doesn'€™t create happiness.

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