FollettBound Glued Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2010, p2011
Price: USD 16.67
Description: 273 pages : map ; 20 cm
Dewey: -Fic-; Audience: Upper Elementary; Reading Level: 5.9
AR 5.4 MG 7 138279EN; RC 5.3 13; LEX 800L
From the publisher: Grades 3-7; Ages 8-12
From Booklist: Grades 4-7; Kirkus: Ages 9-14; SLJ: Gr 5-8


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Product Overview
From Follett

"A Paula Wiseman book.";Includes bibliographical references (page 262-263). 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.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • Publication Date: July 12, 2011
  • Format: FollettBound Glued
  • Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers pbk. ed.
  • Dewey: -Fic-
  • Classifications: Fiction
  • Description: 273 pages : map ; 20 cm
  • ISBN-10: 0-329-85911-0 (originally 1-44240-195-8)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-329-85911-4 (originally 978-1-44240-195-2)
  • Follett Number: 0169LN6
  • Reading Level: 5.9
  • Audience: Upper Elementary
  • Grades: 3-7
  • Ages: 8-12
  • Booklist: Grades 4-7
  • Kirkus: Ages 9-14
  • School Library Journal: Gr 5-8
  • ATOS Book Level: 5.4
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: 7
  • AR Quiz: 138279EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 5.3
  • Reading Counts Points: 13
  • Lexile: 800L

Reviews & Awards
  • Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Award, 2011
  • Book Links, 10/21/10
  • Booklist, 06/15/10
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 08/01/10
  • Horn Book Magazine, 10/01/10
  • Kirkus Reviews, 05/01/10
  • Library Media Connection, 10/01/10
  • Publishers Weekly, 09/27/10
  • School Library Journal, 06/01/10

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (June 1, 2010 (Vol. 106, No. 19))
Grades 4-7. Beginning in the months before 9/11, this sensitive, timely debut follows an Afghan family’s emigration to San Francisco. After receiving a PhD in the U.S. and returning to Kabul to help rebuild the country, Fadi’s father has grown disillusioned with the Taliban (“These are not true Muslims”), and he pays human traffickers to smuggle his family into Pakistan. During the terrifying flight, Fadi’s six-year-old sister, Mariam, is lost. After fruitless, life-risking searches, the grief-stricken family tries to begin anew in California, while overseas efforts to find Mariam continue. Conversations often feel purposeful as Senzai educates readers about U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, Afghan cultural diversity, and the Qur’an’s fundamental messages of peace. But she writes with powerful, realistic detail about Fadi’s family’s experiences, particularly the prejudice Fadi finds at school after planes hit the Twin Towers and the guilt he suffers over Mariam’s disappearance. An abrupt but satisfying contrivance brings this illuminating docu-novel to a joyful conclusion, and young readers may well want to move on to the appended resources to learn more.

Taken from the Hardcover.

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