Nomination: The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

Lemmon, Gayle Tzemach.  The dressmaker of Khair Khana: five sisters, one remarkable family, and the woman who risked everything to keep them safe. 2011. 256 p. HarperCollins, $24.99. (978-0-06-173237-9). Gr. 7 and up. (mmc)

 When the Taliban take control of Kabul, Afghanistan, life for the city’s people – especially its women – changes overnight.  Separated from her parents, young Kamila Sidiqi becomes the sole wage-earner for her family.  Relying on her creativity and ingenuity, she starts a home-based dress-making business that gradually becomes an economic pillar for her neighborhood of Khair Khana.  Kamila’s business becomes a school as well,  training and employing local girls, and her courage and ingenuity help transform Kamila into an entrepreneur and community leader.


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