Razia’s Ray of Hope: One Girl’s Dream of an Education

Suneby, Elizabeth.  Razia's Ray of Hope: One Girl's Dream of an Education. Illustrated by Suana Verelst. Kids Can Press, 2013. In Razia's village in Afghanistan a school is being built for girls. Razia dreams of attending. Her brothers attend school in a neighboring village. Her oldest brothers work in the quarry and Razia helps at home and in the orchards. Razia grandfather agrees to speak for her at the family "jerga" but her uncles and brothers say no. Unwilling to give up, she asks the school teacher to intercede. Finally,when her eldest brother is assured Razia will be safe, and her mother assured that she will continue to help the family before and after school, and when all see how committed she is to learn - through her own advocacy and spirit, the answer becomes Yes! A gentle, beautifully illustrated book, and a 2014 honor book for young readers. A 2014 Honor Book for young readers.

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