One Half From the East

One Half From the East

Book - 2016
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After Obayda's father loses one of his legs in a bomb explosion forcing the family to move to a small village where her aunt has an idea to bring the family luck - dress Obayda, the youngest of the sisters, as a boy.
Publisher: New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2016.
ISBN: 9780062421906
Characteristics: 256 pages :,21 cm.

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FX_Teen_Librarian
Sep 13, 2017

How fascinating! This book is at surface a really interesting study of a cultural practice that takes place in Afghanistan, but while the descriptive passages give us a good picture of the life and thoughts of a ten year old girl, there is a deeper layer in place that provokes thoughts of what gender means and how easily perception can be changed by appearance. The plight of girls and women in Afghanistan is not exclusive to that country, and the plot of this story brings a chance to examine what women's rights mean to all of us.

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Eil_1
Jul 17, 2017

This is an excellent story about the lives of young girls in the Middle East - in this case, Afghanistan. It tells about the tradition of bacha posh - a young girl who lives as a boy - free to run, climb trees, play sports - all forbidden to girls. They are imprisoned in a male-dominated culture that punishes any behavior deemed illegal by these misogynistic men on the part of girls or women. It is followed by the wonderful book "The Pearl That Broke Its Shell".

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