Razia’s Ray of Hope One Girl’s Dream of an Education by Elizabeth Suneby, illustrated by Suana Verelst (Kids Can Press, 2013) Razia dreams of getting an education, but in her small village in Afghanistan, girls haven’t been allowed to attend school for many years. When a new girls’ school opens in the village, a determined Razia must convince her father and oldest brother that educating her would be best for her, their family and their community. Based on the true stories of the students of the Zabuli Education Center for Girls just outside of Kabul. (Grades 3-8).
Award Status: Winner, 2014
Award Category: Middle Grade Readers
Author: Elizabeth Suneby
Illustrator: Suana Verelst
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