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The Ink Bridge

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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.

This compelling story of two young men introduces Omed, an Afghani refugee who, after his father is murdered by the Taliban, undertakes a perilous journey through Pakistan, Malaysia, and Indonesia to seek asylum in Australia; and Hector, an Australian boy consumed by grief, who has given up on school and retreated into silence. Their paths meet at a candle factory where they both find work, and secrets fester behind the monotonous routine: secrets with terrible consequences. These two silent boys—one born in a land of great beauty and great violence, the other unable to escape the past—are tied together by words, and silenced by tragedy. The hardest bridge that Hector will ever build is the one that leads to Omed. Their story will grab hold of readers' hearts and not let go.

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Neil Grant is the author of four previous books, including Indo Dreaming, which was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Literary Award and the Melbourne Prize for Best Writing, and Rhino Chasers.

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Omed and his best friend Zakir are Hazaras living in central Afghanistan. The Taliban is still in power, treating the Hazara like dogs and forcing them to take on dangerous jobs, such as working with explosives. After Zakir is killed in an accident, Omed reacts with a furious, foolish gesture that has horrific consequences: the Talibs cut out his tongue. Miraculously, he is bequeathed enough money to leave the country, and he heads for Australia, where he meets another boy who is also unable to speak. Many authors have written moving stories of young people in terrible circumstances. Australian writer Grant’s third-person focus sometimes strays away from the two boys, an approach more typical of an adult novel with teen appeal than a YA novel. Strong readers, though, will appreciate the sophisticated telling, especially Grant’s bracingly descriptive language, as when Omed arrives in Kabul on his way out of Afghanistan: “People moved as though they were in a dream, carrying dirty water, suitcases, plastic limbs, guns.” For younger readers, suggest N. H. Senzai’s Shooting Kabul (2010). Grades 10-12. --Diane Colson

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