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Dawn and Dusk
For as long as thirteen-year-old Azad can remember, the Islamic Republic of Iran, where he lives in the predominantly Kurdish town of Sardasht, has been at war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq, and his country has been a harsh society full of spies, secrets, and "disappearances." Still, most of the time Azad manages to live a normal life, hanging out at the bakery next door, going to school with his friend Hiwa, playing sports, and taking care of his parrot.
Then Azad learns that his town may soon become a target for Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction. Now more than ever, Azad feels torn between his divorced parents and his conflicting desires to remain in his home or escape.
His father is somehow connected to the police and is rooted in the town. His mother may be part of the insurgency, yet is ready to flee. How can Azad make the choice? The story of how one boy’s world was turned upside down in 1987 Iran is a timely and memorable introduction to the conflicts in the Middle East.
Given the current political climate in Iran, now may be an especially good time to read Dawn and Dusk. Dawn and Dusk provides valuable insight into the lives of children in Iran, a country we know little about, and the life of its large Kurdish minority. Today, the US is caught up in a complex, dangerous involvement in regional conflict, which began years ago. Without the back-story, the brief news-bites we see on the nightly news make little sense— Alice
"It’s an important story, and any reader, young or old, wishing to know more about Iran, Iraq, Kosovo, Sudan and other troubled spots of the modern world would do well to start with Mead’s many informative works." -kirkusreviews.com
Yours is a time of great heroism, dashed hopes, leaps of joy, lasting friendships, explosive frustration, utter hilarity, the shame of betrayal.
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IN THE WORKS: I am working on a book about hip hop and welcome comments from kids wherever you are. Let me know what you think about this important dance culture and what you think adult's opinions are! I'd love to hear from you.
Also, I just finished a novel about an orphan Tutsi girl set in eastern Congo, struggling to get home to Rwanda.
And, I'm researching a story about a 12 year old Somali, forced to become a pirate off the coast of east Africa and their links to Al-Qaeda —AM