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Young Adult & Children's Fiction

Camel Bells
by Janne Carlsson
camel bells     After his father’s death, 12-year-old Hajdar finds himself head of his family and must make many adult decisions. He ventures to Kabul to earn extra money, meeting both adventure and peril – soon thousands of Soviet troops invade Kabul to overthrow the Afghan government.

Seven Daughters and Seven Sons
by Barbara Cohen
    Buran will not-sit quietly at home and wait to be married to the man her father chooses. Determined to use her skills and earn a fortune, she instead disguises herself as a boy and travels by camel caravan to a distant city.

The Breadwinner
by Deborah Ellis
parvanas journey     Eleven-year-old Parvana must masquerade as a boy to gain access to the outside world and support her dwindling family during the oppressive rule of Afghanistan by the Taliban.

Parvana's Journey
by Deborah Ellis
    After her father's death, 13-year-old Parvana, disguised as a boy, wanders alone through war-torn Afghanistan looking for her mother and siblings who had disappeared in the tumult of the Taliban takeover of Mazar-e-Sharif.

Mud City
by Deborah Ellis
mud city     Fourteen-year-old Shauzia dreams of seeing the ocean and eventually making a new life in France, but it is hard to reconcile that dream with the terrible conditions of the Afghan refugee camp where she lives.

Kiss the Dust
by Elizabeth Laird
    Tara Hawrami is a thirteen-year-old girl living in Iraq in the 1980's. She has what we would call a normal life-living in a nice house, going shopping with her best friend, and having the mistaken feeling that nothing particularly bad is going to happen to her. But then the inevitable comes. Tara has always known that she was a Kurd, and has maybe even faintly known that Kurds are hated by the Iraqi goverment...but one day, when walking home from school, she sees a teenaged Kurdish boy die for his beliefs.

The Kite Rider
by Geraldine McCaughrean
kite rider     The Great Miao, master of the Jade Circus, offers Haoyou the amazing chance to escape his family's poverty -- by becoming a kite rider. Strapped onto a beautiful scarlet-and-gold kite, Haoyou is sent into the sky, earning money, freedom, and unexpected fame. Miao even plans for Haoyou to perform before Kublai Khan himself.

by Naomi Shihab Nye
    When Liyana's doctor father, a native Palestinian, decides to move his contemporary Arab-American family back to Jerusalem from St. Louis, 14-year-old Liyana is unenthusiastic.

The Kite Fighters
by Linda Sue Park
kite fighters     Two brothers anticipate the annual Chinese New Year's Kite competition, wondering how to balance duty and tradition and love for one's talent.

Hand Full of Stars
by Rafik Schami
    Written in the form of a boy's diary, this book lets you live with it's characters for a while in the ancient Arab city of Damascus.

Tales of Afghanistan
by Amina Shah
shabanu     Eighteen folktales from the author's ancestral homeland, including "The Unforgettable Sneeze," "The Ruby Ring," and "The Leopard and the Jinn.".

Shabanu : Daughter of the Wind
by Suzanne Fisher Staples
    Set against the backdrop of desert life in present-day Pakistan, this book offers a passionate and deeply personal portrait of a young girl's struggle for identity in a culture that forbids even token expressions of independence by women.