FROM THE BOOK JACKET:
September 11, 2001
Two young men on opposite sides of the world
One war that will change their lives forever
Baheer, a studious Afghan teen, sees his familys life turned upside down when they lose their livelihood as war rocks the country.
A world away, Joe, a young American army private, has to put aside his dreams of becoming a journalist when hes shipped out to Afghanistan.
When Joes unit arrives in Baheers town, Baheer is wary of the Americans, but sees an opportunity: Not only can he practice his English with the soldiers, his family can make money delivering their supplies. At first, Joe doesnt trust Baheer, or any of the locals, but Baheer keeps showing up. As Joe and Baheer get to know each other, to see each other as individuals, they realize they have a lot more in common than they ever could have realized. But can they get past the deep differences in their lives and beliefs to become true friends and allies?
Enduring Freedom is a moving and enlightening novel about how ignorance can tear us apart and how education and understanding can bring us back together.
served as a combat engineer in the Iowa Army National Guard from 1999 to 2005, including a years tour of duty in Afghanistan, where he befriended Jawad Arash. Based upon his experiences there, he wrote his debut middle-grade novel, Words in the Dust
, which won the Christopher Medal and was chosen for Al Rokers Book Club for Kids on the Today
show. His novels Stealing Air, If Youre Reading This,
and the Divided We Fall
trilogy were Junior Library Guild selections. His seventh novel, Gamer Army
, was published in late 2018. Trent also writes a weekly military life column for the Washington Examiner
. He lives with his family outside Spokane, Washington.Jawad Arash's
home country of Afghanistan has been at war throughout his entire life. Nevertheless, Jawad remained optimistic for his future. Despite challenges imposed by war, he developed a love for learning and wanted to help build a new and better Afghanistan. Enduring Freedom
is his debut novel.