Friday, 2 September 2011

Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy

Title: Words in the Dust
Author: Trent Reedy
Published by: Frances Lincoln
Publication date: 1st September 2011
Pages: 352
Genres: Young Adult/War
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher

Zulaikha hopes.

She hopes for peace, now that the Taliban have been driven out of power in Afghanistan.

She hopes for a better relationship with her hard stepmother. And she even hopes to go to school one day.

Then she meets Meena, who offers to teach her the poetry she once taught Zulaikha's mother.

And American troops come to the village, promising new opportunities and surgery to mend Zulaikha's face.

Can Zulaikha dare to hope these promises will come true?

Words in the Dust is...beautiful. It was written by an actual American Soldier, and from what I read, I think the story is actually true. The main person in the story is Zulaikha. She lives with her stepmother Malehkah, her father, her older sister Zeynab, her older brother Najibullah and her two younger brothers Khalid and Habib, with another baby on the way.

It taught me a lot about the culture of Afghanistan. I didn't really know anything about it before but now I know quite a bit.

Zulaikha was so brave, although sometimes she just gave up which was a little annoying. Other than that, though, she is my favourite character.

I don't really like the cover - it's a bit too dull for me but I suppose the cover art does go well with the story.  However, I give Words in the Dust 4/5! :) I recommend this to readers aged 11+.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

'Marshmallow Skye' by Cathy Cassidy Launch!

Cathy Cassidy's brand-new book Marshmallow Skye (second in the Chocolate Box Girls series) was launched today. I've been waiting for this since...oh I don't know, September last year I think. And now it's finally here! I received it today from the lovely people over at Puffin and I am already on Chapter 14 so you should expect a review from me soon. Cherry Crush (the first in the series) was a great success and I'm sure this will be too.

'SKYE and SUMMER TANBERRY are identical twins, and Skye loves her sister Summer more than anyone else in the world. They do everything together, but lately Skye's been feeling like second-best - it's the story of her life. And when her friend Alfie confesses he's fallen not for her, but for Summer, it hurts.

Skye wants to be her own person, but with an effortlessly cool twin, how can she? Will Skye ever step out of Summer's shadow and find her own chance to shine?'
You can buy Cathy's fabulous book HERE.