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Shooting Kabul

di N. H. Senzai

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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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A very good read, with a nuanced view of the Taliban occupation of Afghanistan. A young boy escapes Afghanistan with his family, but his six year old sister is left behind. He must deal with that, with middle school bullies, and with the backlash against Muslims caused by the events of 9/11. Ends a little abruptly. ( )
  dmturner | Jun 29, 2020 |
This book fills a niche in children's books on the middle east conflict. There are few books on this topic. Fadi's family lives in Afghanistan during the turbulent time following the Soviet invasion. The Taliban has come to power. Though people initially supported the Taliban for helping them overcome the war, The Taliban has turned fanatical. They are imposing rules on the people that violate basic human rights. Fadi's dad decides it's time to flee. While escaping, chaos breaks out, and he accidentally lets go of his younger sister's hand. The truck leaves without her and refuses to stop. Her family has lost a child.

Fadi's family continues on and receives asylum in America. They eventually eek out a merger existence, his father as a taxi driver, despite having a phD. US officials continue to search for Miriam while Fadi enrolls in the middle school. Throughout the story, Fadi is haunted by the role he played in losing his sister. Midway through the book 9/11 happens. Fadi faces bullying at school for being Muslim, but he refuses to give up the names of the bullies. He has one focus, to win the photography contest and its prize, a trip to India. If he could just get close enough, he could find his sister himself.

Although the book was insightful about a conflict that few children have knowledge, and is therefore an important book, it didn't capture me the way I hoped it would. The writing is fairly basic. It neither grabs the reader, nor inspires the reader to become emotionally invested. I always hope a book is going to grab me, especially when you have emotional material, like a child lost half-way around the world. I didn't feel the devastation. Still a book worth reading. ( )
  valorrmac | May 15, 2018 |
war, immigration
  Clippers | Dec 21, 2017 |
Escaping from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in 2001, eleven year-old Fadi and his family immigrate to the San Francisco Bay Area where Fadi schemes to return to the Pakistan refugee camp where his little sister was accidentally left behind.
  Lake_Oswego_UCC | Aug 6, 2017 |
At first I wasn't too sure I was going to like this, but once the initial faltering sequence (presented in a series of flashbacks interspersed between current action) was completed, it kind of grew on me. I ended up really caring about the characters and was pleased with how the final resolution was kept at bay right up until just before the very end on the last few pages. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
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It's a perfect night to run away, thought Fadi, casting a brooding look at the bright sheen of the moon through the cracked backseat window. It reminded him of the first line of the book Fron the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. "Claudia knew that she could never pull off the old-fashioned kind of running away."
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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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