The Other Side of the Sky

The Other Side of the Sky

A Memoir

Book - 2005
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Ahmedi was born just as the war between the mujahideen and the Soviets reaches its peak in Afghanistan. The sounds of gunfire and fighter planes were as normal to her as the sounds of traffic or children playing are to a schoolgirl in America. When she stepped on a land mine on her way to school, she began to learn--slowly--that ordinary people, often strangers, have immense power to save lives and restore hope. She was taken from a childhood in Afghanistan, where the classrooms are naked chambers with only chalkboards on the walls and are filled with more students than seats (and no books), to a Chicago adolescence, where teenagers struggle to decide whether to try out for school plays, whom to take to the homecoming dance, and where to go to college. This story was selected from hundreds submitted to ABC's Good Morning America.
Publisher: New York : Simon Spotlight Entertainment, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781416918370
9781416906704
1416906703
Characteristics: v, 249 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Ansary, Mir Tamim

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Starpoem
Feb 13, 2018

Human resilience amazes me. Farah Ahmedi has been through so much in her young life, and yet she still possesses faith, hope, and the motivation to keep going. Her memoir is a real page turner. It will inevitably be compared to Malala Yousafzai's, but really the two are quite different, and each is important in its own right. My hope is that after people read Farah's story, they will become involved with supporting refugees in their own communities.

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blue_hamster_1162
Dec 03, 2017

I’ve been reading this book in my language arts class and let me just say this book is so amazing it’s so inspiring and really opened my eyes of what happens in other countries this is littearly my top 10 favorite books for sure!

Lauraparr Mar 20, 2014

A true tale of survival. Beautiful and inspiring.

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godisfaithful4ever
Mar 17, 2007

My daughter read Farah's book after reading "The Breadwinner" for a 5th grade book report. She thought it was so good that she told me I should read it too. We found it to be a very powerful book and were inspired by Farah's ability to endure so many monumental trials. Surely God has been watching over her. I was touched by the number of times she said that finally someone could "see her" and I thought, how many times do we walk by people and not see them. We were so thankful for "Alyce" and her constant support of Farah and her mother. We pray for them to continue to heal in our country. The book is a very good read and hard to put down.

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