In the summer of 2001, 12-year-old Fadi illegally flees Afghanistan with his parents and younger sister, Mariam. But chaos at a checkpoint separates Mariam and Fadi, despite his best efforts to hold on to her. As the truck speeds away to safety, Mariam is left behind, and Fadi and his family are left to adjust to life in the United States without her. As the family struggles to learn Mariam’s whereabouts, the events of September 11 shatter the family’s life once again. When a photography contest with a grand prize trip to India arises, Fadi sees his opportunity to return to Afghanistan to find his sister. Photography is Fadi’s passion, his true talent. But is he talented enough to save his family?
Fadi never imagined he’d start middle school in Fremont, California, thousands of miles from home in Kabul—and half a world away from his missing six-year-old sister, Mariam.
Adjusting to life in the United States isn’t easy for Fadi’s family, and as the events of September 11 unfold, the prospects of locating Mariam in war-torn Afghanistan seem slim. When a photography competition with a grand prize of a 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 own experience fleeing Soviet-controlled Afghanistan in 1979, Shooting Kabul is a powerful story of hope, love, and perseverance.
- Age Range: 8 – 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 – 7
- Lexile Measure: 800L (What’s this?)
- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (June 22, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 144240194X
- ISBN-13: 978-1442401945
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces