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15th Anniversary of The Breadwinner

Posted by on May 10, 2015 in Afghani, Afghanistan, Author / Illustrator Research | Comments Off on 15th Anniversary of The Breadwinner

15th Anniversary of The Breadwinner

This slideshow requires JavaScript. Deborah Ellis reflects of the 15th Anniversary of The Breadwinner below and Groundwood Books releases beautiful new covers for the series. “It’s been thirty-six years since the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. It’s been twenty-six years since their departure marked the start of the bloody civil war. It’s been nineteen years since the capture of Kabul by the Taliban army, and fourteen years since that terrible day in September that unleashed events leading to the Taliban’s removal from power. That’s an awful lot of war for a country that’s barely the...

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Shooting Kabul

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in Afghani, Afghanistan, Ages 07 and up, Asian (Central), Islamic, Muslim, Muslim American, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Xenophobia | Comments Off on Shooting Kabul

Shooting Kabul

Shooting Kabul By N.H. Senzai Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers “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 Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description In the summer of 2001, twelve year old Fadis parents make the difficult decision to illegally leave Afghanistan and move the family to the United States. When...

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Mahtab’s Story

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in Afghani, Afghanistan, Ages 09 and up, Asian (Central), Pakistan, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life | Comments Off on Mahtab’s Story

Mahtab’s Story

Mahtab’s Story By Libby Gleeson Published by Allen and Unwin “Gleeson has created a protagonist with the strength of a woman yet the naïveté of a child. Her writing style is fluid, and it captures readers’ attention from the very beginning.” –School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N     Description Mahtab was hollow. Empty, as if her flesh and blood, her energy, that kept her breathing and running, thinking and talking, was gone. Nothing was in its place. She was hungry. Hungry for water, for her father, for her grandmother, her...

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Words in the Dust

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in Afghani, Afghanistan, Ages 09 and up, Asian (Central), Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Education, Theme: Family Relationships | Comments Off on Words in the Dust

Words in the Dust

Words in the Dust By Trent Reedy Published by Arthur A. Levine Books “…[a] deeply moving view of a young girl caught between opportunity and tradition in contemporary Afghanistan.” –Booklist “An inside look at an ordinary Afghanistan family trying to survive in extraordinary times, it is both heart-wrenching and timely.” –Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Zulaikha hopes. She hopes for peace, now that the Taliban have been driven from Afghanistan; a good relationship with her hard stepmother; and one day even to go to...

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Outcasts United

Posted by on Sep 17, 2012 in Afghani, Ages 12 and up, Iraqi, Jordanian, Multinational/Multicultural, Muslim, Muslim American, Sudanese American, Theme: Building Futures, Theme: Community, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on Outcasts United

Outcasts United

Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team that Changed a Town By Warren St. John Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers “…An uplifting underdog story that will appeal to readers interested in the immigrant experience and the surprising role sports can play in people’s lives.” –Kirkus Reviews “Not merely about soccer, St. John’s book teaches readers about the social and economic difficulties of adapting to a new culture and the challenges facing a town with a new and disparate population” —School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon...

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I Remember Warm Rain

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Afghani, Ages 12 and up, Iranian American, Iraqi, Kenya, Multicultural, Multinational/Multicultural, Muslim, Muslim American, Somali American, Somalia, Sudan, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Religious Faith | Comments Off on I Remember Warm Rain

I Remember Warm Rain

I Remember Warm Rain Photos by Laura Lewis Published by The Telling Room Find a copy from The Telling Room Store     Description Fifteen students, from countries such as Somalia, Iraq, Sudan, and Iran are represented in our first anthology, I Remember Warm Rain. In it, you meet Ali killing hyenas and Arunda speaking to his father by phone after ten years of believing he is dead. You meet Kahiye, revealing his first experience of snow, and Stella doing something once forbidden to her, playing a game she loves: soccer. These rich stories were written as part of The Telling...

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The Breadwinner

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Afghani, Afghanistan, Ages 10 and up, Asian (South), Theme: Repression, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner By Deborah Ellis Published by Groundwood Books “…The Breadwinner is a potent portrait of life in contemporary Afghanistan, showing that powerful heroines can survive even in the most oppressive and sexist social conditions.” —John Green, Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound| B&N     Description Eleven-year-old Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital city. Parvana’s father — a history teacher until his school was bombed and his health destroyed —...

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Parvana’s Journey

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Afghani, Afghanistan, Ages 10 and up, Asian (South), Theme: Family Death, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on Parvana’s Journey

Parvana’s Journey

Parvana’s Journey By Deborah Ellis Published by Groundwood Books “This is an excellent way for young YA’s to understand the plight of the Afghani people.” —Claire Rosser, KLIATT Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description In Parvana’s Journey, the Taliban still control Afghanistan, but Kabul is in ruins. Parvana’s father has just died, and her mother, sister, and brother could be anywhere in the country. Parvana knows she must find them. Despite her youth, Parvana sets out alone, masquerading as a boy. She soon meets other children who...

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Mud City

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Afghani, Ages 10 and up, Asian (South), Refugee Camp, Theme: Refugee Life, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on Mud City

Mud City

Mud City By Deborah Ellis Published by Groundwood Books “Shauzia enables Ellis to tell the story of Afghans living as refugees in Pakistan and surviving as beggars and scavengers in the mean streets of Peshawar…The episodic plotting of Mud City enables Deborah Ellis to show her young and mainly western readers what many have likely never read of or considered deeply before.” —Judy Brown, Canadian Literature Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Fourteen-year-old Shauzia dreams of seeing the ocean and eventually making a new life in France, but it...

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Four Feet, Two Sandals

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Afghani, Ages 07 and up, Asian (South), Refugee Camp, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Refugee Life | Comments Off on Four Feet, Two Sandals

Four Feet, Two Sandals

By Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed Illustrated by Doug Chayka Published by Eerdmans Books “By keeping the focus squarely on their child characters, Williams and Mohammed illuminate the plight of refugee children” —Kirkus Reviews Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description When relief workers bring used clothing to the refugee camp, everyone scrambles to grab whatever they can. Ten-year-old Lina is thrilled when she finds a sandal that fits her foot perfectly, until she sees that another girl has the matching shoe. But soon Lina and Feroza meet and decide that...

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