Author: Trent Reedy
Published by: Frances Lincoln
Publication date: 1st September 2011
Genres: Young Adult/War
Source: Review copy from the publisher
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+.