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Saving Kabul Corner

Saving Kabul Corner

For Ages: 8 - 12
From Afghanistan to America, family matters most in this companion to Shooting Kabul, which Kirkus Reviews called “an ambitious story with much to offer.”

A rough and tumble tomboy, twelve-year-old Ariana couldn’t be more different from her cousin Laila, who just arrived from Afghanistan with her family. Laila is a proper, ladylike Afghan girl, one who can cook, sew, sing, and who is well versed in Pukhtun culture and manners. Arianna hates her. Laila not only invades Ariana’s bedroom in their cramped Fremont townhouse, but she also becomes close with Mariam Nurzai, Ariana’s best friend.

Then a rival Afghan grocery store opens near Ariana’s family store, reigniting a decades-old feud tracing back to Afghanistan. The cousins, Mariam, and their newfound frenemie, Waleed Ghilzai, must ban together to help the families find a lasting peace before it destroys both businesses and everything their parents have worked for.
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  • Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books | 
  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442484948 | 
  • February 2014 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7
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Saving Kabul Corner



ARIANA HAPHAZARDLY SHOVELED PISTACHIOS into a bin and tried not to glare at her cousin, Laila, who knelt near the cash register, carefully stacking jars of cherry jam. Laila’s long-lashed aquamarine eyes glowed with concentration, and a thoughtful frown marred her face, which was framed with silky brown hair roped together in a neat braid. After finishing her task quickly and efficiently, Laila floated down the aisle toward a stack of boxes that had just... see more

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N. H. Senzai
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N. H. Senzai

N.H. Senzai is an author and intellectual property consultant. She lives with her husband and son in in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her first novel, Shooting Kabul, is based in part on the Ms. Senzai’s husband’s experience fleeing Soviet controlled Afghanistan in the 1970s. Visit her online at NHSenzai.com.

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