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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 (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A highly topical, award-winning novel from a truly great writer for children.

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 Secrets of the Fearless. She and her husband divide their time between Richmond, Surrey and Edinburgh.


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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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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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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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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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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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I read this book when I was 10 years old. I thought it was fantastic! Now I am 19, and thanks to Amazon have been able to purchase this book after 9 years of seaching.
I recommend this to anyone who wants to read a book and have it stick in their minds for the rest of their lives!
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