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Staff Pick of the Week: Nasreen’s Secret School by Jeanette Winter

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Today is the final day of Banned Books Week 2016 and as we continue to encourage and celebrate the freedom to read, this week’s staff pick is one of the most challenged books of 2016.  Nasreen’s Secret School by Jeanette Winter is the true story of a young girl living Afghanistan during the Taliban reign.  After her father is taken by soldiers and her mother disappears Nasreen stops speaking, waiting and hoping her parents will return.  Worried for her granddaughter, Nasreen’s grandmother enrolls her in a secret school for girls. An inspiring story of courageous individuals, this one is highly recommend.

“Young Nasreen has not spoken a word to anyone since her parents disappeared. In despair, her grandmother risks everything to enroll Nasreen in a secret school for girls. Will a devoted teacher, a new friend, and the worlds she discovers in books be enough to draw Nasreen out of her shell of sadness?

Based on a true story from Afghanistan, this inspiring book will touch readers deeply as it affirms both the life-changing power of education and the healing power of love.” —Amazon

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