The White Zone
By Carolyn Marsden
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Nouri, who is Shiite, and his cousin Talib, who is half Sunni, live in a war zone. Iraq isn't just fighting Americans. It's at war with itself; Sunnis are fighting Shiites. Only a miracle can mend the rift tearing a country and a family apart.
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The White Zone
Carolrhoda Books A
1 August 2014
1.03 MB
Children / Young Adults (9-14)
Children's Fiction


"Nouri and Talib are cousins living in Iraq. They have enjoyed playing together as they were growing up, building joyful memories with other cousins. One day when Nouri's uncle is killed by the hands...
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Author Biography

Carolyn Marsden grew up in Mexico City and Southern California. Although she wrote for adults for many years, she began to write for children after the birth of her daughters. She attended Vermont College and earned an MFA in Writing for Children. Her first book, The Gold-Threaded Dress (Candlewick), was a Booklist Top Ten Youth Novel of 2002. Her second novel, Silk Umbrellas, was a Texas Bluebonnet nominee and Booklist Top Ten Art Novel of 2003. Since then, Carolyn has published many more award-winning middle grade chapter books,almost all with multicultural themes. Her most recent books are Starfields (Candlewick), set in Chiapas, Mexico, and The White Zone (Carolrhoda), set in contemporary Baghdad.