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It isn't that Abby Carson can't do her schoolwork. She just doesn't like doing it. And in February a warning letter arrives at her home. Abby will have to repeat sixth grade--unless she meets some specific conditions, including taking on an extra-credit project to find a pen pal in a distant country. Seems simple enough. But when Abby's first letter arrives at a small school in Afghanistan, the village elders agree that any letters going back to America must be written well. In English. And the only qualified student is a boy, Sadeed Bayat. Except in this village, it is not proper for a boy to correspond with a girl. So Sadeed's younger sister will write the letters. Except she knows hardly any English. So Sadeed must write the letters. For his sister to sign. But what about the villagers who believe that girls should not be anywhere near a school? And what about those who believe that any contact with Americans is . . . unhealthy? Not so simple. But as letters flow back and forth--between the prairies of Illinois and the mountains of central Asia, across cultural and religious divides, through the minefields of different lifestyles and traditions--a small group of children begin to speak and listen to one another. And in just a few short weeks, they make important discoveries about their communities, about their world, and most of all, about themselves.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2009.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781416949299
Branch Call Number: j F CLEMENTS
Characteristics: 183 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Elliott, Mark 1967-


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Dec 16, 2013

this is really enjoyable and interesting! I
liked it very much!

Jul 30, 2012

A nice book about penpals.

Jul 16, 2012

this book was for summer reading and i thought it was an O.K. book although i wouldn' have read it if i wanted to.

Jul 22, 2011

I love this book!! I learned so much in this book. Everyone should read this!! :)

ms_sarah Feb 01, 2011

This is such a wonderful book, giving readers a glimpse of what life might be like for kids in Afghanistan.

Irene Byun
Apr 14, 2010

I enjoyed this book very much!!!~
Andrew Clements is a great author
I love all his books!!~
Anyone who reads this will enjoys it


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