Nomination: Words in the Dust

 Reedy, Trent. Words in the Dust. 2011. 264 p. Arthur A. Levine Books, $17.99 (9780545261258). Gr. 4-8. [jw]

Zulaikha is a young Afghani girl coping with a disability, a society that vilifies education for females and the complexities of the American military presence in her country. The transformations within her own family relationships and in the world around her told are shown through her experiences in a convincing way that leaves the reader feeling empathy for Zulaikha and truly caring about her fate.

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