Dawn and Dusk

Alice Mead

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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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.

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"A zad! Wake up!"

I ignored my father’s voice and rolled over, drifting back into the warmth of doughy-sweet sleep. Ah. A little more rest would be so delightful.

"Get up!" my father, Omar, yelled again from the living room.

Oh. School! Was I already late? I sat up with a start, sweaty in the tangled sheets. Glancing at the clock—it was barely 6:00 a.m.—I jumped out of bed and grabbed my shirt.

Yesterday my best friend, Hiwa, and I had been two seconds late for homeroom. Two seconds! Okay, maybe thirty seconds.

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"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."  --Kirkus Reviews
 
"Moving.  Mead brings home the tragedy of war through the experiences of one young teen."  --Booklist
 
“Appealing.”  —School Library Journal

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Alice Mead

ALICE MEAD has written several books about children in war-ravaged societies, including Girl of Kosovo, an NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies. She lives in Maine.

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
April 2007
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ISBN: 9780374706852
ISBN10: 0374706859
Middle-Grade Fiction160 pages, Map; Introduction
Age Range: 10 to 12
Grade Range: 5 to 7
$7.99
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