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Book Title: Under the Persimmon Tree|
The author of the book: Suzanne Fisher Staples
ISBN 13: 9780374380250
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Edition: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Date of issue: August 8th 2005
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Intertwined portraits ofÂ courage and hope in Afghanistan and Pakistan Â
Najmah, a young Afghan girl whose name means â€œstar,â€ suddenly finds herself alone when her father and older brother are conscripted by the Taliban and her mother and newborn brother are killed in an air raid. An American woman, Elaine, whose Islamic name is Nusrat, is also on her own. She waits out the war in Peshawar, Pakistan, teaching refugee children under the persimmon tree in her garden while her Afghan doctor husband runs a clinic in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan.
Najmahâ€™s father had always assured her that the stars would take care of her, just as Nusratâ€™s husband had promised that they would tell Nusrat where he was and that he was safe. As the two look to the skies for answers, their fates entwine. Najmah, seeking refuge and hoping to find her father and brother, begins the perilous journey through the mountains to cross the border into Pakistan. And Nusratâ€™s persimmon-tree school awaits Najmahâ€™s arrival. Together, they both seek their way home.
Known for her award-winning fiction set in South Asia, Suzanne Fisher Staples revisits that part of the world in this beautifully written, heartrending novel.
ÂUnder the Persimmon Tree is a 2006 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
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Read information about the authorSuzanne Fisher Staples is the author of six books addressed to children and adolescents. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (U.S.A.), she grew up in a small community around Northwestern Pennsylvania. She had three siblings, a sister and two brothers. Suzanne went to Lakeland High School in Scott Township, Pennsylvania. Later, she graduated from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She got a job for 10 years being a news reporter and editor for the United Press International. She worked in many places across the U.S.A. and Asia, including Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, New York, and Washington DC. In 1985, she returned to Pakistan to assess the conditions of poor, rural women and report back to the United States Agency for International Development.
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