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The Ink Bridge by Neil Grant

A remarkable and gripping story about one refugee boy on a desperate journey from Afghanistan, and the Australian boy who befriends him.

Each step becomes a heartbeat and I feel the distance between Omed and me closing. I remember when I first met him – when he had showed me what bravery meant. How he had stood up for what he believed. In the end that had been his undoing.
Omed is a boy from Afghanistan. After making an enemy of the Taliban on the day the Buddhas of Bamiyan are destroyed, he undertakes a perilous journey to seek asylum in Australia. Hector is a grieving Australian boy who has given up on school and retreated into silence.
Their paths meet at a candle factory where they both find work. But secrets fester behind the monotonous routine of assembling wax and wicks – secrets with terrible consequences. And, ultimately, it is up to Hector to see how the story ends.
Omed’s and Hector’s beautifully told and compelling journeys will grip hold of your heart and not let go.

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March 15, 2012 Posted by | Relationships | , , | Leave a comment

The Honey Thief by Najaf Mazari & Robert Hillman

From the authors of the bestseller The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif comes their latest book, The Honey Thief. A superb collection of spellbinding tales from Afghanistan that portray a vivid landscape of hardship and brotherhood, catastrophes and miracles. These tales of peasants, poisoners and kings leap into life to reveal the rich storytelling traditions of Afghanistan

The beekeeper said to the boy: “Abbas, I have a question for you. The question is this: can a bee catch a cold?”
Abbas smiled. “Can a bee catch a cold? No. It is impossible, Sir.”
“It is not impossible. A bee can catch a cold.”
“How do you know?”
“I have seen a bee sneezing.”
“No!” said Abbas. Then before he could stop himself, he said, “God will punish you for telling lies!”
Ahmad Hussein laughed. He was teasing Abbas, but when a boy was as full of sorrow as this one, perhaps teasing could help.

The mystery and wonder of Afghanistan comes to life in these tales of men who converse with bees and bears; of horseshoe bats in flights that blot out the sun, and of blackbirds that bring golden apples to earth from heaven. The sorrow of this extraordinary land is here too in the story of Abdul Kaliq, the king-killer, who ends his life on a scaffold in Kabul, and of Majid the Madman who turns to music for solace when his children die of plague. Other tales tell of an aged wolf who proves to a shepherd boy that he is the most intelligent creature on earth; of Proud Nadia, courted with a copy of Huckleberry Finn; and of the master poisoner Nightfall, who creates a cookbook of enchantments. Whether the tale is of wolves or wizards, The Honey Thief conveys in writing of surprising tenderness what it is like to grow up in a land of bloodshed and brotherhood, of miracles and catastrophes. 

October 27, 2011 Posted by | Fables, Short Stories | | Leave a comment