Desert days

I read Deborah Ellis’s young adult book Parvana’s Journey this weekend. Have a look at the back cover blurb:

At times extremely sad, Parvana’s Journey provides an honest and compassionate look at the situation in Afghanistan, yet never loses sight of hte courage and hope that can keep children afloat even in the most horrific circumstances. For mature children.
Is it just me, or does it sound like Groundwood is trying NOT to sell the book? Like they’re writing in anticipation of letters of protest from moms whose children are having nightmares?

ANYway, I loved it. And I would give it to my kids to read about a billion years before I gave them that awful Philip Pullman trilogy. (I mean, am I confused, or did God actually die at the end of that?) I digress…
Reading Parvana’s Journey also sent me back to my tome, The Great War for Civilization. Page 96 is actually very funny.

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