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Ask Me No Questions

by Marina Budhos

"You forget. You forget you don't really exist here, that this isn't your home."

Since emigrating from Bangladesh, fourteen-year-old Nadira and her family have been living in New York City on expired visas,...


Extra Credit

by Andrew Clements & Mark Elliott

It isn’t that Abby Carson can’t do her schoolwork. She just doesn’t like doing it. And in February a warning letter arrives at her home. Abby will have to repeat sixth grade—unless she meets some specific...


The Grand Plan to Fix Everything

by Uma Krishnaswami & Abigail Halpin

Rose petal milk shakes and a world of surprises awaits Dini when her family moves to India in this spirited novel with Bollywood flair.

Eleven-year old Dini loves movies—watching them, reading about them, trying...


Shooting Kabul

by N. H. Senzai

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...


The Sky of Afghanistan

by Ana A de Eulate & Sonja Wimmer

Beautifully illustrated and undeniably moving, this is the story of a little Afghan girl’s dreams of peace. As her country is wracked by war, a girl’s imagination drifts toward the idea of peace for her...


Operation Oleander

by Valerie O. Patterson

A stunning contemporary YA drama about a soldier’s daughter whose efforts to help Afghan orphans creates a political firestorm over the ethics of war and charity.


The Tyrant's Daughter

by J.C. Carleson

THERE: In an unnamed Middle Eastern country, fifteen-year-old Laila has always lived like royalty. Her father is a dictator of sorts, though she knows him as King—just as his father was, and just as her little...


Saving Kabul Corner

by N. H. Senzai

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...


Deep in the Sahara

by Kelly Cunnane & Hoda Hadadi

"Poetic language, attractive illustrations and a positive message about Islam, without any didacticism: a wonderful combination," declares Kirkus Reviews in a starred review.

Lalla lives in the Muslim country...


Santa Claus in Baghdad and Other Stories about Teens in the Arab World

by Elsa Marston

What is it like to be a young person in the Arab world today? This lively collection of eight short stories about Arab teenagers living in Iraq, Tunisia, Egypt, the West Bank, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and a Palestinian...


The Problem with Being Slightly Heroic

by Uma Krishnaswami & Abigail Halpin

Dini is back from India—with Bollywood star Dolly in tow! But life in the States isn’t all rose petal milk shakes…

Dini and Maddie, very best friends, are back in the same country at the same time! Better...


Purple Heart

by Patricia McCormick

When Private Matt Duffy wakes up in an army hospital in Iraq, he's honored with a Purple Heart. But he doesn't feel like a hero.

There's a memory that haunts him: an image of a young Iraqi boy as a bullet hits...


Words In The Dust

by Trent Reedy

In the tradition of SHABANU, DAUGHTER OF THE WIND and THE BREADWINNER, a beautiful debut about a daughter of Afghanistan discovering new friends and opportunities after the defeat of the Taliban. Zulaikha hopes....


Crescent Star

by Nicholas Maes

Avi Greenbaum is Jewish and lives in West Jerusalem. Moussa Shakir is Palestinian and lives in East Jerusalem. Both are 15 years old, live without their fathers and belong to the same soccer club. In the spring...


Enemy Territory

by Sharon McKay

Trained to hate, two boys in a Jerusalem hospital discover friendship instead.


Freefall

by Anna Levine

What would your life be like if military service was compulsory, not voluntary?

Aggie is eighteen and getting ready to do her service for the Israeli Army. She could get a cushy assignment—maybe pushing paper...


Light Years

by Tammar Stein

He went to school to learn how to kill me. The Israeli girl who ruined his life. Seven people were killed instead. A single mother of two. A computer programmer. Two college students. A grandmother and her four-year-old...


Iqbal

by Francesco D'Adamo & Ann Leonori

When young Iqbal is sold into slavery at a carpet factory, his arrival changes everything for the other overworked and abused chidren there. It is Iqbal who explains to them that despite their master's promises,...