Obayda's father has been injured and their family has had to leave Kabul to be closer to his brothers. With a family of four daughters, there is no one to work and help the family. Following a tradition in which a daughter is dressed and treated as a boy, to bring luck to the family, Obayda's aunt suggests that Obayda become Obayd, a bacha pash.
Her new outward gender opens opportunities, but it also creates a divide between her and her sisters. It also raises lots of questions. What does it mean to one day have your family tell you you are a boy? What happens when they decide to change you back? Obayda is pre-pubescent and One Half from the East addresses gender only, not sexuality or attraction. It is a fascinating story that will create lots of conversations about gender roles and expectations. It will also inspire readers of all ages and genders to ask questions, take adventures, and visit waterfalls.
~ Eight Cousins— From Holiday Picks 2016
Perfect for fans of Rita Williams-Garcia, Thanhha Lai, and Rebecca Stead, internationally bestselling author Nadia Hashimi's first novel for young readers is a coming-of-age journey set in modern-day Afghanistan that explores life as a bacha posh--a preteen girl dressed as a boy.
Obayda's family is in need of some good fortune, and her aunt has an idea to bring the family luck--dress Obayda, the youngest of four sisters, as a boy, a bacha posh.
Life in this in-between place is confusing, but once Obayda meets another bacha posh, everything changes. Their transformation won't last forever, though--unless the two best friends can figure out a way to make it stick and make their newfound freedoms endure.
Nadia Hashimi's first novel for adults, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell, was a bestseller that shares a bacha posh character with One Half from the East.