Afghanistan

Cultural Research: Either the Beginning or the End of the World

Posted by on Jul 3, 2015 in Afghanistan, Ages 13 and up, Asia (Southeast), Author / Illustrator Research, Cambodian, Cambodian American | 1 comment

Cultural Research: Either the Beginning or the End of the World

Author’s Note on Research By Terry Farish Either the Beginning or the End of the World delves into a horrific family memory carried over generations. The memory is of family members who starved to death during Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge genocide. I’ve been on a long journey into Cambodian history and culture to begin to understand what this memory could mean to a young girl two generations later. The books I read and sources I interviewed tell a story themselves about my focus. It wasn’t on the wars, but on living after surviving them. I had read widely on wars in...

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Either the Beginning or the End of the World

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Cambodian, Cambodian American, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Fleeing Persecution, Theme: Genocide, Theme: Grandparents & Intergenerational, Theme: Multicultural Friendship, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma, Theme: War, United States | Comments Off on Either the Beginning or the End of the World

Either the Beginning or the End of the World

Either the Beginning or the End of the World   By Terry Farish Published by Carolrhoda LAB Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Read a Sample Chapter “…a glimpse into the complicated lineage of war-torn areas.” —School & Library Journal, starred review   Description For sixteen years, it’s been just Sofie and her father, living on the New Hampshire coast. Her Cambodian immigrant mother has floated in and out of her life, leaving Sofie with a fierce bitterness toward her—and a longing she wishes she could outgrow. To me she is as unreliable as the wind. Then...

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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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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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