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Frequently taunted and called "Donkeyface," Zulaikha is a young Afghan girl with a cleft palate The Taliban has forbidden girls to attend school, so Zulaikha secretly meets with Meena to learn to read. Hope is born, when American forces come to Zulaikha's village. Construction sites for new schools and public buildings pop up, and army doctors offer surgery to fix Zulaikha's face. Author Trent Reedy, inspired to write this story based on real experiences, served in Afghanistan from 2004-2005!