One Half From the East

One Half From the East

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In modern-day Afghanistan, 10-year-old Obayda is a bacha posh, a girl dressed as a boy. She has more freedom than she would as a girl, and makes a good friend of another bacha posh, but must find a way to remain free when she returns to life as a girl.
Publisher: New York :, Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062421906
0062421905
9780062421913
0062421913
Branch Call Number: J FICTION Hashimi Nadia 09/2016
Characteristics: 256 pages ;,21 cm
Alternative Title: 1/2 from the east

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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 d... Read More »

In modern-day Afghanistan, 10-year-old Obayda is a bacha posh, a girl dressed as a boy. She has more freedom than she would as a girl, and makes a good friend of another bacha posh, but must find a way to remain free when she returns to life as a girl.

In modern-day Afghanistan, 10-year-old Obayda is a bacha posh, a girl dressed as a boy. She has more freedom than she would as a girl, and makes a good friend of another bacha posh, but must find a way to remain free when she returns to life as a girl.


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Memawrayne
Oct 06, 2019

When I checked out this book, I did not realize it was for middle-schoolers. Read it anyway. A wonderful way for young people to learn about another culture and appreciate what freedom can mean.

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Ava_Martin
Jul 22, 2019

A very inspiring book about gender inequality and friendship. Would read again and recommend. The ending wasn't how I would have thought but nevertheless a great novel.

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.

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bellasavrtka
Feb 07, 2019

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

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FX_Teen_Librarian
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.

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Eil_1
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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