A powerful novel of enduring friendship set amid the terror and chaos of present-day Afghanistan. Best friends Tamanna and Yasmine cannot believe their good fortune when a school is set up in their Afghan village; however, their dreams for the future are shattered when the Taliban burns down the school and threatens the teacher and students with death. As Tamanna faces an arranged marriage to an older man, and the Taliban targets Yasmine’s western-educated family, the girls realize they must flee. Traveling through the heart of Taliban territory, the two unaccompanied young women find themselves in mortal danger. After suffering grave injuriesTamanna from a fall and Yasmine from a suicide bombingthe girls are left without the one thing that has helped them surviveeach other. The book features stunning photographs by award-winning photojournalist Rafal Gerszak (The New York Times, BBC World News) that bring readers an immediate sense of the faces and landscape of Afghanistan. Filled with tension and drama, Thunder Over Kandahar paints a vivid portrait of the perils of contemporary Afghanistan.
Sharon E. McKay is the best-selling and award-winning author of such novels as Charlie Wilcox. She is the first young-adult writer to be named as a Canadian War Artist by the Canadian Forces Artist Program (CFAP), under whose auspices she went to Afghanistan in 2008 in order to research this novel.
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More than 1 year ago
When I picked up Thunder Over Kandahar I assumed it would be similar to other novels dealing with war torn countries. In a lot of ways it was: the author spent time overseas to research and immerse herself in the culture,and the main characters were faced with the chaos and terrors of war. So what makes this book stand out, and how is it different than the others? To me, it was the unique perspective and insight that McKay shared with the reader, and the tough questions the reader is left to ponder and grapple with. A riveting story of current day Afghanistan, the perils of war, and how friendship, hope, and love can prevail even in the most darkest of times.
More than 1 year ago
Though written by a young adult author, this book is one which EVERYBODY should read. It helps us learn more about life in Afghanistan through the true story of a young Hindu girl, Yasmine. Written by an award winning young adult author, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat. I became so locked into the book that, as a teacher, my students walked into my classroom, and I didn't even know they were there at first. Good thing we have an AR reading time. After I got the students situated, they read their books and I read more of mine. Riveting, compelling, and action filled, it helps anybody who reads this book truly learn about the culture through a fascinating story of a young girl (and her friend) who wind up having to come face to face with danger countless times while trying to leave the country. Read it! I'm sure you'll love it, too!!
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