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Shooting Kabul

Senzai, N. H.

(Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Shooting Kabul
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Escaping from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in the summer of 2001, eleven-year-old Fadi and his family immigrate to the San Francisco Bay Area, where Fadi schemes to return to the Pakistani refugee camp where his little sister was accidentally left behind.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 1442401958
9781442401952
144240194X
9781442401945
Branch Call Number: y SENZAI 2010
Characteristics: 262 p. :,map ;,22 cm

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Escaping from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in the summer of 2001, eleven-year-old Fadi and his family immigrate to the San Francisco Bay Area, where Fadi schemes to return to the Pakistani refugee camp where his little sister was accidentally left behind.


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It is July 2001, and Fadi Nurzai’s family is attempting to escape from Afghanistan. His parents have sacrificed everything to buy passage out of the country. During their escape, however, Fadi’s little sister Mariam is separated from the family. She turned away to pick up her dropped Barbie, and is lost. Heartbroken, the family arrives in San Fransciso, without Miriam, intent on building a new life. Shortly after their arrival the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers is carried out.
Fadi is just starting to adjust to life as a middle school student in the U.S.; now students bully him worse than ever. Fadi’s hobby before coming to the U.S. was photography. He and his father would travel all over the city of Kabul, taking photos. He joins the photography club at school as a way to get away from the bullies. The teacher discovers his talent and encourages him to enter a contest. When he discovers that the first prize is a trip to India, Fadi dreams that he can win, travel to India and then sneak over the border and find his sister.
While the title brought to mind images of gunfire, the only shooting going on in the books is that of the camera. This book is a fine introduction to Afghan culture and the challenges recent immigrants face. ~Alexa Newman, Youth Services Librarian

Jul 02, 2012
  • tocch101 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A good read that explains a difficult time in history. Told beautifully through a young adults eyes. It was interesting to see something from a different perspective when I was the same age when this occured.

Fadi’s family has to flee Afghanistan in hastily and in the confusion his six year old sister Miriam is left behind. Their new life in San Francisco is bittersweet as the rest of the family feels responsible, especially 11 year old Fadi who was holding Miriam’s hand when she let go. The story takes place just before 9/11 and does deal with the prejudice that new American’s faced in the aftermath.

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