Saving Kabul Corner

Saving Kabul Corner

Book - 2014
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Twelve-year-old Ariana, a tomboy, and her ladylike cousin Laila, recently arrived from Afghanistan, do not get along but they pull together when a rival Afghani grocery store opens, rekindling an old family feud and threatening their family's livelihood.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781442484948
Branch Call Number: j SEN NVD
Characteristics: 273 pages ; 22 cm


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Sep 14, 2018

I have absolutely LOVED this book ever since I first read it with my younger sister for her Global Reading Challenge a few years ago, and I was very surprised I could find it again. I think it's one of the best mystery books out there, since many of them are just plain old unbelievable or for little kids with a short attention span. The climax is timed near perfectly, and the characters are very relatable. 5 stars from the Lovegoods!!

Dec 01, 2016

What a great book! Absolutely believable characters and a very interesting plot. It proves that sometimes we make all sorts of assumptions about other people that could be be totally or slightly inaccurate. Loved all those details about Afghanistan and the Afghan community in the States. It's actually a childrens' book, and I whole heartedly recommend it for children.

BCD2013 Jun 06, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Two Afghani-American cousins team up with their rival's son, to uncover the culprit that's really behind the insidious vandalism at their parents' workplaces.
- Betsy Bird

May 01, 2014

In the companion novel to Shooting Kabul, Ariana's family owns the Kabul Corner, an Afghan grocery store in suburban Freemont, California.

In a crowded house filled with extended family, Ariana dreams of a room of her own. She already has to share her bedroom with her grandmother, Hava Bibi, and now the two must make room for Ariana's cousin Laila. Laila has fled Afghanistan leaving her father, a translator for the American Army behind. Laila and her mother are worried for her father’s safety. But it’s hard to feel sorry for Laila when she is perfect… full of Afghani cultural charm, perfect Afghani manners, and fluently bilingual, making tomboy Ariana feel klutsy and threatening her sense of identity.

The arrival of a rival Afghan grocery to their strip mall threatens the family livelihood and rekindles an old feud between two families. To make matters worse, the cute new boy in school is from the rival family. When both Afghan grocery stores are vandalized, the children must unite to solve the mystery of who is doing this.

Believably chaotic family dynamics, references to real world events, Afghani culture as well as the American immigrant experience make this about more than just suburban life. However, the novel stands on it’s own as realistic fiction and a mystery with no character portrayed as stereotypical or overly generalized. This is multicultural fiction at it’s best!

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