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What a lovely amount of attention has fallen on Trent Reedy's Words in the Dust, which just hit shelves last month! Yesterday, USA Today shone a lovely spotlight on the book (as the L.A. Times had done late last month):
"Before he was an soldier in Afghanistan, Trent Reedy was an English teacher in Riverside, Iowa, who dreamed of becoming a writer. But it wasn't until he went to war that he found a story to tell."
The reviews have been lovely:
“Reedy's narrative offers hope and will go a long way toward helping readers understand the people behind the headlines.”—Publishers Weekly
“Readers will readily find themselves rooting for Zulaikha in this simply told yet thoughtful story.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“…full of hard truths, beautiful human interaction, and the promise of possibility.”—School Library Journal
“An inside look at an ordinary
“…a beautifully written novel that introduces young readers to a fascinating culture. Zulaikha’s strength of character helps to bridge the cultural gap and encourages readers to embrace and understand new and unfamiliar customs.”—
“…a cultural eye-opener…Zulaikha’s strong character begs for a sequel.”—
Congratulations, Trent! (And thanks to Cheryl Klein and Scholastic for putting together such a lovely roundup of review quotes!)