Further Reading

cover of The Breadwinner

Books for Teens

Life in Afghanistan

The Breadwinner
Deborah Ellis
Under Taliban rule Parvana disguises herself as a boy to ensure the survival of her family.

Parvana's Journey
Deborah Ellis
In this sequel to The Breadwinner, the Taliban is still in control and Kabul is in ruins as Parvana sets out across Afghanistan to find the surviving members of her family.

Mud City
Deborah Ellis
In the third book in the Breadwinner trilogy, Parvana's best friend, Shauzia, leaves the refugee camp on the Pakistan border and joins the other homeless children on the streets of Peshawar.

Catherine Stine
When the Taliban burn down Johar's hut in his small Afghan village, he is forced to flee to a refugee camp in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan in Pictures
Alison Behnke
Historical and current look at Afghanistan's land, government, culture, people, and economy.

Miriam Greenblatt
Brief overview of the geography, history, environment, politics, language, religion, people, and culture of Afghanistan.

My Forbidden Face
Sixteen-year-old Latifa dreamed of becoming a professional journalist until the Taliban's treatment of women changes her life.

A Closer Look at Islam

Who Are the Muslims: Where Muslims Live, and How They Are Governed
Melissa S. Carr
A snapshot of life in the Islamic world, including basic information about the countries in which Muslims live, different types of government under which they live, their history and the spread of Islam.

Ayat Jamilah: Beautiful Signs: A Treasury of Islamic Wisdom for Children and Parents
Sarah Conover
Islamic beliefs are reflected in this collection of stories that draws on the Qu'ran, hadiths and other sources from the Arab world to West Africa.

What Muslims Think, How They Live
Rick Hodges
An examination of Muslim attitudes on a variety of issues, based on surveys and polls conducted in 2001 and 2002.

David Macaulay
The practical and spiritual decisions involved in designing and building a mosque are examined through intricate drawings detailing the construction of a 16th-century Turkish mosque.

Eyewitness: Islam
Philip Wilkinson
An introduction to the history and founding beliefs of Islam, including specific information on subjects like the Five Pillars of Islam, the difference between Shi'i and Sunni Muslims and the life of the Prophet Muhammad.

American Islam: Growing Up Muslim in America
Richard Wormser
An intimate portrait of Muslim teens in the U.S. and how their faith affects their lives, from dating to dealing with peer pressure to adapting ancient customs to their modern lives.

Perspectives on the Middle East

A Stone in My Hand
Cathryn Clinton
Malaak, a Palestinian girl living in Gaza City in 1988, loses her father when a terrorist bomb blows up his bus as he is crossing the border into Israel.

Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind
Suzanne Fisher Staples
Shabanu, daughter of Pakistani camel herders, loves her close-knit family and enjoys the life she leads until disaster strikes. Suddenly Shabanu's plans for marriage and her future are changed forever.

19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East
Naomi Shihab Nye
Nye's vivid collection of sixty poems, both old and new, celebrates her Middle Eastern heritage and her life as an Arab-American.

Other Stories of Family, Friendship, Exile, and War-Torn Lands

The Forgotten Fire
Adam Bagdasarian
A teenage boy's comfortable, happy life completely unravels when the Turks embark on a horrific campaign to eradicate the ethnic Armenian community. Spanning the years 1914-1918, this story is based on the life of the author's great-uncle.

Two Suns in the Sky
Miriam Bat-Ami
In 1944, in wartime Oswego, New York, tensions mount when two teens-a Jewish boy from Yugoslavia living in a refugee camp and an American Catholic girl from a strict family-fall in love.

Under the Sun
Arthur Dorros
Ehmet and his mother leave war-torn Sarajevo for the country home of Ehmet's aunt and uncle. But soon the war comes to the country, forcing Ehmet and his mother to begin a treacherous journey towards the border.

The Darkest Evening
William Durbin
Tales of a great city open to the Finnish workers of America draw twelve-year-old Jake Maki and his family from Minnesota to Russia during the height of the Great Depression. But the city that greets Jake and his family is not the worker's paradise they imagined.

Kiss the Dust
Elizabeth Laird
Forced to leave Iraq because of her father's involvement with the Kurdish resistance, Tara and her family flee over the border into Iran and face an uncertain future.

Tree Girl
Ben Mikaelsen
Fourteen-year-old Gabriela's habit of climbing trees saves her life when guerrilla warfare and genocide erupt in her remote Guatemalan village.

The Other Side of Truth
Beverly Naidoo
Sade flees Nigeria for London with her younger brother, after her mother is assassinated. Afraid to give their names, the two are victimized as they seek to be reunited with their family.

Out of Bounds: Seven Stories of Conflict and Hope
Beverly Naidoo
Seven short stories, set in South Africa between 1948 and 2000, chronicle the stiffening and then collapse of Apartheid.

Esperanza Rising
Pam Munoz Ryan
Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go to work in the labor camps of Southern California.

First They Killed My Father
Loung Ung
The perils of life under the brutal Pol Pot regime change a young woman's life forever, as she and her family find themselves fugitives of war, without even their names to remind them of what they lost.

Tales of Immigration and Cultural Assimilation

First Crossing: Stories about Teen Immigrants
Donald Gallo (editor)
Eleven stories from well-known authors focus on the experiences of immigrants from a variety of countries, including Cambodia, Haiti, South Korea, and Kazakhstan.

A Step From Heaven
An Na
Young Ju and her family leave her native Korea for America when she is a small child. But America is not the heavenly place Young imagined. She and her family live in a shabby house where her father drinks too much, her mother cries too much and her brother doesn't help with anything. Can Young find opportunity for herself in America?

Tangled Threads: A Hmong Girl's Story
Pegi Deitz Shea
After ten long years in a Thai refugee camp, thirteen-year-old Mai Yang and her grandmother are finally going to realize their dream of moving to America. But Mai must learn everything about living in America, from how to speak English and use a shower, to shopping, dating, and, as her Americanized cousins tell her, how to look "less like a refugee."

The Middle of Everywhere: The World's Refugees Come to Our Town
Mary Pipher
Based on her work helping immigrant families in Lincoln, Nebraska, Pipher explores how refugees from Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America are adapting to life in the United States.