A summary of the book kiss the dust by elizabeth laird

Kiss the Dust, written inis set initially in Iraq. He secretly works as an informant to the pesh murgas, which forces him to flee into the mountains when he is discovered.

They only just make it, climbing over the garden wall at the back while the secret police are banging on the front door. It is a hard and dangerous journey - but their struggles have only just begun.

Kiss the Dust

Read more about the author here. Here the conditions are much worse, her mother becomes deathly ill, and Tara is afraid that she will have to spend the rest of her life living the indignities suffered as a refugee without a home or country.

The family is forced to flee into the mountains and across into Iran. They begin their life as stateless refugees in terrible, harsh camps. This is a book about what happened to Tara and her family before they arrived at Heathrow Airport and asked for political asylum.

The secret police have also heard about Kak Soran's visitors though, and receiving a warning just in time, Kak Soran escapes to their old house in the mountains leaving his family to follow on later.

Ashti, fearing conscription into the Iranian army, runs back to Iraq while Teriska Khan becomes very ill and sad as her son does not return for many months. A kindhearted and protective woman, she is decisive and strong-willed, though apprehensive about risky decisions concerning her family. Tara endures her constant displacement with courage and increasing maturity as she takes on more responsibilities and takes initiative in protect her family.

She has a young baby. He had been reading Kurdish independence propaganda. He had been reading Kurdish independence propaganda. However, with no available jobs in Iran, the family realizes that they must escape the country to become refugees in another country. Is she destined to settle in the village and marry young, to live without electricity and running water?

Using the last of their savings, the family manages to arrive in London, where they apply for refugee status. Their refuge is short-lived, however; bombs begin to drop and they flee across the Iranian border to a primitive refugee camp.

Kiss the Dust

Hero - Tara's younger sister, around four years old. Though her family is unable to remain together despite their efforts, they are driven to find a safe place regardless of how far they must go in order to be reunited some day. Plot summary[ edit ] When Tara Hawrami is returning from school one day, she witnesses Iranian troops shoot a mullah and an innocent boy reading a newspaper in broad daylight, it sight changes her thinking forever.

They are given meagre food rations, water and sanitation is difficult, health deteriorates, and worst of all, their morale sinks. The author has described the plight of these Kurdish refugees very we11 in relating the hardships, the sheer terror, the dehumanization and loss of dignity, the lack of a home or feeling of permanence.

She uses too many Western colloquialisms, such as get a move on, the kid, and do you mind? Tara has to care of her mother and younger sister Hero, until Teriska Khan recovers. Never in her wildest dreams, until the moment comes, does Tara ever think that she will have to leave the Zagros mountains behind completely, and come to seek shelter in a totally foreign country.

Plot summary[ edit ] When Tara Hawrami is returning from school one day, she witnesses Iranian troops shoot a mullah and an innocent boy reading a newspaper in broad daylight, it sight changes her thinking forever. Tara is a Kurd. Tara is living a comfortable life until her father's work with the Kurdish resistance becomes discovered by the Iraqi secret police.

Although her country, Kurdistan, is caught up in a war, the fighting seems far away. But one afternoon a young Kurdish boy is shot by the security forces in the town centre outside the mosque. In London, Kak Soran manages to get in contact with a family friend Latifwho offers them a place to stay.

In every place that Tara has been displaced to, she has experienced culture shock and needed to adjust quickly; At first the family has a hard time getting used to the new language and the new lifestyle. To compound matters, Tara determines that her father has been helping the group, but her parents have managed to conceal this and all other news of the uprising from her.

The Kurdish people live in the Zagros Mountains which straddle the borders of three different countries: Appears in many of Tara's wishes.Children√Ęs Literature iss the Dust K Elizabeth Laird New York: Dutton Children√Ęs Books, pages.

LC ISBN $ Kiss the Dust Kiss the dust is a historical fiction novel written by Elizabeth Laird. It is about a young girl who, with her family escapes from the troubles of Iraq and across the border of Iran.

It is about the conflicts between the Kurds and Iraqis. The text is easy to read. I really like the book as it shows different perspectives in the conflict/5.

Ever-present dangers maintain suspense--from a brutal street-killing Tara witnesses to her older brother's miraculous escape; meanwhile, Laird builds a sympathetic picture of the embattled Kurds and a compelling portrait of Tara and the sobering changes wrought in her and her family by the events, including her first startled response to a free society (``attractive and exciting but frightening as if.

Kiss the dust is a historical fiction novel written by Elizabeth Laird. It is about a young girl who, with her family escapes from the troubles of Iraq and across the border of Iran.

Kiss The Dust

It is about the conflicts between the Kurds and Iraqis/5. Kiss the Dust, by Elizabeth Laird, was published in It is the story of a young Kurdish girl living in Iraq. This novel won numerous awards, including the Children's Book Award. Buy Kiss the Dust Reprints by Elizabeth Laird (ISBN: ) from Amazon's Book Store.

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