Kiss the Dust (Mass Market)
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults. No place is safe for Tara and her family. Twelve-year-old Tara Hawrami lives a normal life in Iraq—until the day she sees a boy, a Kurd like herself, get shot by soldiers in the street. But Tara still doesn’t realize just how dangerous life for the Kurds has become until the Iraqi secret police come for her father. Then her family must flee their home for the mountains of Kurdistan, but even there they are not safe. Iraqi bombs drive the Hawramis over the border into Iran, where they must live in a brutal refugee camp. Will they ever find a place they can truly call home again?
* “Laird weaves compelling facts about the conflict between the Arabs and the Kurds into her gripping tale about one family’s escape to freedom.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“An exciting, behind-the-headlines story.”—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
About the Author
Elizabeth Laird is a writer of children's fiction and travel, and lives in England. She is also known for the large body of folktales which she collected from the regions of Ethiopia. Her books have been translated into at least fifteen languages Her works include: Red Sky in the Morning--Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the Children's Book Award; Hiding Out – Winner of the Smarties Young Judges Award; Jake's Tower – Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Book Award; The Garbage King – Winner of the Scottish Arts Council Children's Book of the Year award and the Stockport Book award. It has also been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, the Blue Peter Award, the Salford Children's Book Award, the Calderdale Children's Book Award, the Lincolnshire Young People's Book Award, the Stockton Children's Book of the Year, the West Sussex Children's Book Award, the Portsmouth Book Award and the Sheffield Children's Book Award; and A Little Piece of Ground – Winner of the Hampshire Book Award and has been shortlisted for the Southern Schools Book Award.