Words in the Dust
Spotlight by Sophia Martin
By Trent Reedy
Zulaikha made wishes, and she got the wishes that she wanted unexpectedly. But then things changed up for Zulaikha and her family.
A girl named Zulaikha and her sister live with their father, step mother, and 2 step brothers in An Daral, Afghanistan. Zulaikha is 12 years old and her sister is 15. Their life changed when the American soldiers came to their city. Zulaikha wasn't a normal child, she had a cleft lip or donkey face as her unfriendly neighbor calls her, so she wears a piece of cloth to cover her mouth. As Zulaikha was asked to meet the American soldiers her step mother started to worry, but the only thing the soldiers wanted to do was a surgery to her mouth and fix it up. Zeynab, Zulaikha's sister life also changed. She got married to a 45 year old man that has three other wives, which caused her to leave her family. And as Zulaikha's journey keeps getting stranger and stranger; she meets an old friend of her mother's who had past away named Meena. Meena started to teach Zulaikha how to write and read in there language. Also the Americans are also making bigger and better schools so girls Zulaikha's age can go to school with the boys.
This is when they American soldiers tell Zulaikha that they are going to try to fix her mouth. And to make sure that Zulaikha can trust the Americans, they give gifts and accessories for her hair.
1st point of view
The story is in a 1st point of view by Zulaikha , because Zulaikha mention her name at the beginning and throughout the story she said I and my.
When Zeynab is getting married they have to have a wedding prep where they invite the women from the family of the fiancé and the women from Zeynab relatives. Sadly Zulaikha has to serve all the guest and not say a single word, yet the bright side for her was that she didn't have to take care of her brothers. During the wedding prep, one of the fiancé wives was so mean that Zeynab sister was worried about getting married.