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Dawn and Dusk

3.26  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
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, ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published February 20th 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published 2007)
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Mark Frye, author and reviewer for

DAWN AND DUSK by Alice Mead is a compelling work of fiction that is a timely read for youth of the 21st Century.

Azad is a pre-teen, Kurdish boy living in Iran along the Iraq border in the late '80's during the Iran-Iraq war. To make the lives of his people even more trying, the Kurds are despised in their own country as well as Iraq. This sad fact of life inspires many to join a resistance movement against the Ayatollah's regime, pu
Kyle Watts
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if your family was torn apart by something you had no control over? Unfortunately Azad must live this nightmare. Dawn and Dusk is a story about war torn Iran during the 1980's when the United States were trying to gain control over the oil in Iran. When The Shah was overthrown by the Ayatollah Khomeini. He enforced harsh religious laws in Iran and were giving money to a secret police to kill anyone who is involved with the Iranian resistance. While ...more
Isabel Sanchez
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Great! I think this book was very descriptive in what it was about. It has great information about the Middle East, specifically Iran and Kurdistan. This review does contain some spoilers! This boy named Azad lives in a place called Kurdistan, and he is in this situation in where he lives in under attack by Saddam Hussein. Saddam wants to make Kurdistan an extension of Iran, but this organization, the PKDK, is the resistance against Saddam. Azad has had his family torn apart, and at thirteen, he ...more
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This middle grade chapter book really gives readers an inside look at refugees and the reasons they had to flee their home country.
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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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