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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Reprints edition (2 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230014313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230014312
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth Laird was born in New Zealand and always had a burning ambition to travel. She has spent much time abroad in places such as Malaysia, Lebanon, Austria and Ethiopia but now lives with her husband, who is also an author, on the edge of Richmond Park.

Elizabeth says that she feels immensely privileged to be able to earn her living as a writer. She cherishes the freedom of working on her own thing in her own time. She also loves the unexpectedness of writing. She never knows where inspiration will strike next or where it will lead her.

She has written many stories for children, and had a great many of nominations for awards, including being shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal three times. She has also won the Children's Book Award and the Smarties Young Judges Award.

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About the Author

Elizabeth Laird was born in New Zealand and moved to England with her family when she was three. She went to school in Croydon, studied languages at Bristol and then Edinburgh University, and taught English in Malaysia, Ethiopia and India. She has written many books for children, including JAKE’S TOWER, THE GARBAGE KING (shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal), A LITTLE PIECE OF GROUND and THE SECRETS OF THE FEARLESS. She lives with her husband in Richmond, Surrey.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 May 2000
Format: Paperback
Kiss the Dust is the story of how a family flee their country to escape persecution by the government. Eventually they reach London where they find that they are refugees who have lost everything: their homes, friends, family and even language.
For me, this was an unforgetable story about a time which actually happened. I found myself wondering just how it would be like to be a refugee, losing all my friends and ending up in a place where I could not even speak the language. The forword in the book tells that the people are imaginary but the story was real to many people during the 1980s.
Now I have a small idea of what it was like.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Oct. 2004
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Kiss the dust is a story about a Kurdish family living in Iraq at the time of the first Gulf War. I found the book a moving revelation of life for an ordinary Kurdish family under Sadam Hussein. Although now dated by recent events, the book provides an insight into the political situation, as well as being a compulsive read. I couldn't put it down!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Emily on 20 Oct. 2002
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From the moment I picked this book up I was completely absorbed. I am now in the middle of reading it for the third time. It's about a girl, Tara, who has to leave her home in Iraq because of her father's involvement with the Kurdish rebels, the Pesh Murgas. It was exciting, terrifying, funny and horrifyingly sad all at the same time. This book is wonderful from beginning to end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Mar. 2001
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You could read this book loads of times and never be bored. It is written in a very real way that shows that the author has thought about the emotions that each character would go through. I feel that people of any age could read this.
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By Sparkle on 17 Mar. 2011
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This book is really touching about a young kurdish girl who is proud of her upbringing and how she then becomes a refugee during the golf war. It makes you think about all the familys that have to leave their life and become refugees in England. Whilst some us might frown upon these people, thinking they are invading the country, when you read this story you realise that these poeple do not want to be here, they want to be at home, but circumstances force them to leave and be part of an unfamiliar sorrounding. I cannot understand why the father got involved in this political mess when he was educated and had a good job. He should have thought of his familys needs before his pride in being a Kurdish. Anyway a short touching story.
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i first read this book as a child and was thrilled to find it here on amazon. it was better than i remembered and is truly a great story. don't be put off by the fact this is a "childrens" book, i feel it is appealing to all ages.
as usual with elizabeth laird there is never a dull page. i recommended this and her other books :)
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I bought this as a present for a friend's daughter having read it myself. I enjoyed the story and following their journey. Life is not straight forward and the most ordinary people have to find ways just to live to the next day.
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