A Girl Made of Dust

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Penguin Group, Mar 11, 2011 - Juvenile Fiction - 240 pages
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A first novel with tremendous heart, which captures both a country and a childhood in turmoil.

Ten-year-old Ruba lives in a village outside Beirut. From her family home, she can see the buildings shimmering on the horizon and the sea stretched out beside them. She can also hear the rumble of the shelling – this is Lebanon in the 1980s and civil war is tearing the country apart. Ruba however has her own worries. Her father hardly ever speaks and spends most of his days sitting in his armchair, avoiding work and family. Her mother looks so sad that Ruba thinks her heart might have withered in the heat like a fig. Her elder brother, Naji, has started to spend his time with older boys – and some of them have guns. When Ruba decides she has to save her father, and when she uncovers his secret, she begins a journey which takes her from childhood to the beginnings of adulthood.

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User Review  - Moniica - LibraryThing

Synopsis: Set in Lebanon, 8 year-old Ruba is forced to grow up quickly during the 1982 Israeli invasion. Her father refuses to open the shop and instead sits in his armchair all day, her 10 year-old ... Read full review

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A Girl Made of Dust is set in Lebanon in 1982 during the Israeli Invasion. I enjoyed this coming of age story because of its simultaneously naive and wise protagonist, Ruba, and because I know so ... Read full review


Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Thirteen
Chapter Fourteen
Chapter Fifteen
Chapter Sixteen
Chapter Seventeen
Chapter Eighteen
Chapter Nineteen
Chapter Twenty

Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Twelve
Chapter Twentyone
Chapter Twentytwo
Chapter Twentythree

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About the author (2011)

Born in 1972 in the Metn region of Lebanon, Nathalie Abi-Ezzi and her family moved to England in 1983 when Israel invaded Lebanon. A Girl Made of Dust is her first novel.

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