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In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king's long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war.
As a twelve-year-old who looks like he's about thirty, Liam feels trapped between two worlds. Deciding to mix things up, Liam uses his appearance to gain a seat on the first spaceship to take civilians into space. Shortly after they blast off, however, Liam and his other passengers find themselves caught in space 239,000 miles from home.
Obayda's family is in need of some good fortune. Her father lost one of his legs in a bomb explosion, forcing the family to move from their home city of Kabul to a small village, where life is very different and Obayda's father almost never leaves his room. One day, Obayda's aunt has an idea to bring the family luck -- dress Obayda, the youngest of her sisters, as a boy, a bacha posh. Now Obayda is Obayd. Life in this in-between place is confusing,...