Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy
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Zulaikha, a young Afghan girl with a cleft lip, wants to be normal. The boys in her town make fun of her calling her 'Donkeyface', her stepmother is nasty to her, and now her younger brother is ignoring her. The only things in life that give Zulaikha joy are her father, who loves her no matter what, and learning to read and write.
When American soldiers come, they offer Zulaikha a wonderful gift: an operation that can make her mouth normal. She is thrilled to have the chance to finally blend in when she goes out and live a normal life. But when tragedy strikes, Zulaikha learns what is most important: love.
**Note: some material in this book may not be suitable for young children. Recommended age: Thirteen and up.