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Shooting Kabul (The Kabul Chronicles) Paperback – July 12, 2011
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"an ambitious story with much to offer: a likable protagonist in Fadi, an original and engaging plot and a lens through which readers will learn much about the current conflict."--"Kirkus"
"In N.H. Senzai's debut novel, worlds collide and a little sister is lost. Can her big brother find her from half a world away? At the same time, how can he find himself and restore his honor in a land that is both foreign and home? Turn the pages. Find out." --Kathi Appelt, author of "The Underneath", a 2009 Newbery Honor book
"Senzai has brought a whole new world to life for young readers. It is a world they won't soon forget."--Reza Aslan, author of "No god but God"
"The hero of SHOOTING KABUL starts life in the United States as a foreigner, but by the end of the book, young readers will be cheering for Fadi as a good friend." --Mitali Perkins, author of "Secret Keeper"
“Senzai has brought a whole new world to life for young readers. It is a world they won't soon forget.”—Reza Aslan, author of "No god but God"
“The hero of SHOOTING KABUL starts life in the United States as a foreigner, but by the end of the book, young readers will be cheering for Fadi as a good friend.” —Mitali Perkins, author of "Secret Keeper"
"Fadi's world is one of strong familial ties, Islam, and a vibrant, strong immigrant community. For all of Fadi's differences from his Fremont, California classmates, he will still seem very familiar to many middle schoolers. The novel allows readers a view of a different culture and provides background for events that still plague us today."--"Steven Kral, VOYA, August 2010"
"Senzai has captured a moment in recent history with enormous grace, skill and emotion. A powerful read." Ahmed Rashid, "New York Times" Bestselling author of "Taliban"
About the Author
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Lexile measure : 800L
- Item Weight : 6.7 ounces
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781442401952
- ISBN-13 : 978-1442401952
- Dimensions : 5.13 x 0.9 x 7.63 inches
- Reading level : 8 - 12 years
- ASIN : 1442401958
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books; Reprint edition (July 12, 2011)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #90,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There are times when some of the "factoids" of the region and period are related in the form of dialog between the characters and it kind of comes off as a news article or Wiki entry. However, I don't fault her for this because she is actually doing something laudable in making the effort to inform the reader about Afghanistan under the Taliban in the process of telling a captivating story that takes place in that context. Considering that young readers are the target audience I would actually praise her for writing with a social conscience and making an effort to educate as well as entertain.
The fact that I found myself caring for what happened to the characters made me feel that the author accomplished the objective of her storytelling very well. I would go so far as to say that someone could write a film script off of this very easily. I, for one, would be delighted to see that.
I loved the double use of shooting in the title. I always tell my students that they shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but we also talk about how important it is to think about your audience as a writer and of course the same is true for the production of the book. The cover, the title, the first line, the first paragraph, the first page...These are all important to your audience. Wonderful book that I will be sure to buy for my school library.
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I liked it when Mariam returned home and the description of fadi's emotion at that time!!!