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Afghan Dreams by Tony O'Brien
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Jul 30, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: childrens, nonfiction, multicultural, young-adult

The authors (with Sullivan's photography) take many impressive pictures and interview children and teens from Afghanistan. The two together make for a powerful story. The children come from different backgrounds, have different dreams and different ambitions. Some, most of the ones attending school, see themselves in professions, helping others. Others just hope to survive the week. I think one of the more telling stories was from a young boy who had just learned to be a pickpocket. He admits he will probably wind up in jail. The expressions on the childrens' faces say it all. Some of them have hope, but so many of them look so defeated. A couple of the teens looked like old men. A very moving book, good for schools studying current history.

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