One Half From the East

Nadia Hashimi
4
May 2, 2017

This novel for young readers is a beautiful and emotional coming of age story exploring life as a bocha posh in modern-day Afghanistan.

When Obayda's father loses both of his legs in an explosion and her family is forced to move to a small village, they are in need of some good luck. Obayda's aunt decides to turn her into a bocha posh, a young girl dressed as a boy. Life in between genders is confusing for her, and she has trouble adjusting to her new life until she befriends another bocha posh. But when everything changes, the two best friends need help to fight for their newfound identities and freedoms.

This story opened my eyes to a topic I know nothing about. It ignited my curiosity to learn about culture and identity. I am thankful I had the opportunity to read this book and grow as a reader and a human.

This is one of those children's novels that anyone of any age could read and love.

 

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Olivia from Leawood Pioneer Library YAAC

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