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Kiss the dust by Elizabeth Laird

Kiss the dust (original 1991; edition 1991)

by Elizabeth Laird

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Title:Kiss the dust
Authors:Elizabeth Laird
Info:London : Mammoth, 1991.
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Tags:Kurds, refugee, civil war

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Kiss the Dust by Elizabeth Laird (1991)



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Probably not one of Laird's best offerings but still an interesting book about a young, Kurdish girl who has to flee Iraq with her family to join the growing band of refugees in Iran. This book would sit nicely along side the "Parvana" series by Deborah Ellis. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 23, 2016 |
This book would be good to use when talking about cultures in the middle east or refugees. I think students would enjoy this book because the struggles the girl and her family go through are like nothing they have experienced. ( )
  Kate_Schulte078 | May 4, 2015 |
This book brings a personal perspective on what life is like in war torn Iraq. This recent-history novel follows a young Kurdish girl who was once carefree living in her mountain town as she and her family flee from the stringent rules and fierce fighting of the militant Muslim regime. I found the culture fascinating and Tara's life in the refugee camp is heart wrenching. ( )
  librarianrae | Jul 30, 2010 |
A story about the plight of people in Kurdistan - experiences and processes confronting political refugees. Tara's father is involved with the Kurdish Resistance Movement and her life in Iraq becomes increasingly difficult as a result. The family is forced to flee into the mountains and across into Iran. Tara, used to wealth, has to learn to cope in a refugee camp and adopt the ways of another culture before the family can finally claim refugee status in England. ( )
  Rhondda | Sep 25, 2008 |
I've read two other books by this author; The Garbage King and A Little Piece of Ground. I like her writing. However, I did find that this one was slow to get going, and I fear that your typical adolescent reader would give up on the story before it got to the interesting part. Tara is Kurdish, and living in Iraq when her father, who is a resistance fighter, decides that they must flee the country, travel over the mountains and into Iran. Once in Iran, life is not much better, and Laird's description of Tara's life in the holding camp reminded me of several holocaust novels. Her mother is very ill with pneumonia, and isn't able to help clean the bug infested room in which they stay. Her mother is also unable to help make meals with the meagre rations they are given. Tara is forced to grow up almost instantly, for if she doesn't step up and assume responsibility, her mom might die, and her family will suffer. The exciting parts of the book occurred when they were traveling through the mountains and when they were trying to survive in the refugee camps. Eventually, some Kurdish connections enable them to fly to London, and find lodging there. Laird does an excellent job of describing what it might feel like to be a refugee; the confusion, the desperation, the fatigue, the anger, the frustration... the reader experiences it all through Tara's eyes. I would only recommend this book to a strong adolescent reader who was interested in knowing what a refugee might have felt like. Readers who liked Diary of Ann Frank might enjoy this novel. ( )
  JRlibrary | Jul 1, 2008 |
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Her father's involvement with the Kurdish resistance movement in Iraq forces thirteen-year-old Tara to flee with her family over the border into Iran, where they face an unknown future. [Library of Congress summary]. Elizabeth Laird drew on personal accounts by close Kurdish friends to plot the story of Tara and her family [jacket notes]. The story takes places in the 1980s during the Iran-Iraq war.
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