One Half From the East

One Half From the East

Book - 2016
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When Obayda's father loses one of his legs in a bomb explosion, the family is forced to relocate from Kabul to a small village, where Obayda's aunt decides to invite good luck by dressing Obayda up as a boy, a bacha posh.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062421906
Branch Call Number: J FIC Hashimi N
Characteristics: 256 pages ; 22 cm


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Afghanistan. Obayda is a bacha posh, a preteen girl dressed as a boy by her family to bring good fortune. While this brings her new freedoms, it also raises challenges for her. (Ages 9–14)

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JCLTiffanyR May 08, 2019

This is a beautifully written middle-grade story about a girl from Afghanistan, Obayda, who is dressed as a boy in order to bring luck to her family. Living as Obayd, a boy, she comes to love the freedom males in Afghani culture experience. A compelling look at gender inequality in a culture so different from mainstream American culture.

Feb 07, 2019

Inspiring story, tells of gender equality and hardship. Would read it again.

Sep 13, 2017

How fascinating! This book is at surface a really interesting study of a cultural practice that takes place in Afghanistan, but while the descriptive passages give us a good picture of the life and thoughts of a ten year old girl, there is a deeper layer in place that provokes thoughts of what gender means and how easily perception can be changed by appearance. The plight of girls and women in Afghanistan is not exclusive to that country, and the plot of this story brings a chance to examine what women's rights mean to all of us.

Jul 17, 2017

This is an excellent story about the lives of young girls in the Middle East - in this case, Afghanistan. It tells about the tradition of bacha posh - a young girl who lives as a boy - free to run, climb trees, play sports - all forbidden to girls. They are imprisoned in a male-dominated culture that punishes any behavior deemed illegal by these misogynistic men on the part of girls or women. It is followed by the wonderful book "The Pearl That Broke Its Shell".


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