The novel Kiss the Dust authored by Elizabeth Laird is about a Kurdish family struggling to live within their country. Tara Hawrami, 12 years old lives in Iraq with her younger sister, older brother, mom and dad. Tara faces extreme dangers but attempts to keep her grades and attedance up in school. Her father, Kak Soran is a part of an illegal group in which the Secret Police are after. Tara has encountered situations no other family would face. Now, surviving the refugee camps she must flee her house in the Zagros Mountains to escape from the Secret Police.
The book supplied information on the Middle East culture but did not appeal to our group. If you are not interested in this culture the book may be boring and then turn into a slow read. Even though readers may not be interested in learning about foreign problems, Kiss the Dust gave descriptive information about the stuggles the Kurdish people faced. They described the situations clearly so one's mind could visualize easily.