Words in the DustBook - 2011 | First edition.
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Zulaikha would stand out in any crowd. It’s not her fault, but born with jutting teeth and a cleft upper lip she finds herself on the receiving end of the taunts of the local boys, and sometimes even her own little brother. Then everything in her life seems to happen at once. She’s spotted by an American soldier, who with his fellows manages to convince their captain to have Zulaikha flown to a hospital for free surgery. At the same time she makes the acquaintance of a friend of her dead mother, a former professor who begins to teach her girl how to read. Top it all off with the upcoming surprise marriage of Zeynab, Zulaikha’s older sister, and things seem to be going well. Unfortunately, hopes have a way of becoming dashed, and in the midst of all this is a girl who must determine what it is she wants and what it is the people she cares about need.
This book is about an afghan girl
living with her father,stepmother
and brothers and sister.She has a
cleft lip, and envy's her older sister
Zeynab' beauty.She meets an elderly woman named Meena. Mee -
na knew Zulaihka's mother and
offers to teach her how to read and
write. Zulaihka soon finds the passion her mother had for poetry
and words.but when American
soldiers come to afghanistan, they
offer Zulaihka a surgery to fix her