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review 2016-09-04 03:39
Words in the Dust
Words in the Dust - Trent Reedy

I listened to Words in the Dust a few weeks ago, and needed some time to process Trent Reedy's debut novel before posting.   Words in the Dust  is the story of Zulaikha, a young Afghani girl with a cleft lip, and her sister Zeynab in post-Taliban Afganistan.  The core events of the story are based on several incidents that occurred while Mr. Reedy was serving with a US National Guard Provincial Reconstruction Team in rural Afghanistan. There are so many potential problems writing about a foreign culture, especially when writing for young adults, and Mr. Reedy does an admirable job of avoiding them.

 

I very much enjoyed Ariana Delawari's narration/reading.  But in many ways the highlight of the volume is the author and narrator interviews at the end, especially when he talked about how conscious he was of the pitfalls of trying to write the story of an Afghani girl when he was neither female nor Afghan.

 

While Scholastic recommends this book for readers in Grads 3 - 7, based on disturbing parts of the story, I would recommend this book for Grad 6 and above unless in the context of a partner read with an adult.

 

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text 2016-07-23 23:15
#24in48 Update #1
Words in the Dust - Trent Reedy

As I expected, daylight today has been jam packed with Kempo class, the farmer's market, making french toast, an unexpected trip to the grocery store, and cooking up the bounty from the CSA (including the peach blackberry crumble and the zucchini parmesan casserole in the oven) .  Didn't quite get to make jam yet because we were out of both lemons and limes (hence the grocery shopping).

 

Over the course of all that, I've listened to about 2 hours of Words in the Dust and haven't really had time to sit down and read.  

 

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review 2016-06-14 00:00
Words in the Dust
Words in the Dust - Trent Reedy This book opened my eyes to several things. Much of it is based on actual people and occurrences. The story is told from the point of view of an Afghani girl with a cleft palate and a desire to attend school. Some parts are interesting looks into a culture different from mine. Other parts are heart breaking. It definitely made me appreciate being born in my country. Words in the Dust should be on your reading list.
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review 2015-02-24 22:12
Burning Nation by Trent Reedy
Divided We Fall Book 2: Burning Nation - Trent Reedy

This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

(Description nicked from B&N.com.)

 

“At the end of Divided We Fall, Danny Wright’s beloved Idaho had been invaded by the federal government, their electricity shut off, their rights suspended. Danny goes into hiding with his friends in order to remain free. But after the state declares itself a Republic, Idaho rises to fight in a second American Civil War, and Danny is right in the center of the action, running guerrilla missions with his fellow soldiers to break the Federal occupation. Yet what at first seems like a straightforward battle against governmental repression quickly grows more complicated, as more states secede, more people die, and Danny discovers the true nature of some of his new allies.”

 

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review 2015-02-02 14:55
Divided We Fall Book 2: Burning Nation - Trent Reedy

Burning Nation, the sequel to Divided We Fall, steps it up a LARGE notch and knocks it out of the park.

With Idaho declaring independence from the United States to get out from under federal laws that are impeding peoples freedoms (sound eerily familiar?), Danny finds himself a beacon of hope for the rebellion. All while trying to keep those he loves safe.

At times, the amount of stress this book caused me had me needing to walk away to catch my breath. I'm extremely impressed with the power that Reedy's words had over my emotions. Basically, when you sit down to read this one, buckle up. It's one helluva ride.

Now I have to try and be patient for the third and final installment of this very realistic and nerve wracking series!!!!

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