Shooting Kabul by N. H. Senzai
(Paula Wiseman Books)

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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.

About N. H. Senzai

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N. H. Senzai is an author and intellectual property consultant.  She lives with her husband and son in in the San Francisco Bay Area. Shooting Kabul is based in part on the Ms. Senzai’s husband’s experience fleeing Soviet controlled Afghanistan in the 1970s. This is her first novel.  Visit her online at
Published May 28, 2010 by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books. 276 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.

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As 11-year-old Fadi Nurzai and his family escape from Afghanistan in the summer of 2001, the Taliban show up, forcing their truck driver to take off abruptly, and Fadi’s little sister Mariam is accidentally left behind.

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Readers will be drawn in by it all, especially by the characters of Fadi, his family, and friends.

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Realizing how close India is to Afghanistan, Fadi tells himself he must win in order to return and find Mariam.

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