Fadi never imagined he'd start middle school in Fremont, California, thousands of miles away from home in Kabul. But, here he was, half a world apart from his missing six year old sister who'd been lost because of him, as they'd fled Afghanistan. Adjusting to life in the United States isn't easy for Fadi's family and as the events of September 11th unfold, the prospects of locating Mariam in a war torn Afghanistan seem slim -- impossible.
Desperate, Fadi tries every hare-brained scheme he can think of to find her. When a photography competition with a grand prize trip to India is announced, Fadi sees his chance to return to Afghanistan and find his sister. But can one photo really bring Mariam home?
Based in part on Ms. Senzai's husband's experience fleeing Soviet controlled Afghanistan in 1979, Shooting Kabul is a powerful story of hope, love, and perseverance.
KitaabWorld Book Review: Fadi’s family immigration from Afghanistan to California is beset with tragedy as his younger sister gets left behind. In trying to adjust to a new home, school and a new culture, Fadi also bears the burden of guilt of losing her. Winning the photography contest featuring a prize to India is his best chance at redemption. Written with an eye for realistic detail, and an authentic portrayal of Afghan Pashtun culture, Shooting Kabul manages to educate readers on Afghan history, the Taliban and Islam while skillfully telling us a universal story about family, love and belonging. Read an excerpt from Shooting Kabul here and an interview with the author Naheed Senzai here. This book is also part of our MUSLIM KIDS AS HEROES book list.Age: 8 and up
Number of Pages: 272
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Author: N.H Senzai
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 2 x8.2 inches