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Year Ten Saratoga Reads Junior Companion Books

Junior companion books complement our featured book.
Enjoy them with your family!

Picture Books

The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah and Kelly DiPucchio, Illustrated by Tricia Tusa: Lily and Salma are from different backgrounds and eat different foods. This divides the two girls until a surprising incident makes them realize that sometimes trying new things can lead to positive outcomes.

The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson, Illustrated by EB Lewis: In this touching tale about the gulf between neighbors in the rural South, Clover and Abby test the same wide chasm that Adel and Gholam do in Hosseini’s novel.

One Green Apple by Eve Bunting, Illustrated by Ted Lewin: Farah is from an unnamed Muslim country and feels out of place as a new student in a school in America. She learns that some things are the same all over the world.

*Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story From Afghanistan by Jeannette Winter: This powerful story tells of the impact of the Taliban on children in Afghanistan and focuses on one young girl and the secret school that is her salvation during this period.

Middle Grade

Extra Credit by Andrew Clements: The author of the wildly popular Frindle explores a pen-pal relationship between Illinois sixth-grader Abby Carson and Sadeed Bayat, the best English-language student in his Afghan village.

Wonder RJ Palacio: This New York Times bestseller tells the story of Auggie, born with a serious facial deformity, going to a mainsteam school for the first time. It is told in multiple perspectives and we see how his differences affect him and those in his community.

Young Adult

The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis: After her father’s arrest by the Taliban, Parvana decides the only way to support her family is by masquerading as a boy in order to go into the marketplace and earn a living.

*Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely Through a Never-Ending War by Deborah Ellis: This non-fiction book was written in 2011 when Ellis travelled to Kabul to tell the stories of Afghan children ranging in age from 10-17.

Parvana’s Journey by Deborah Ellis: The second book in the Breadwinner trilogy tells more of Parvana, now 15, who has been arrested and imprisoned in war-torn Afghanistan.

Mud City By Deborah Ellis: The final book in the Breadwinner trilogy tells the story of Shauzia, Parvana’s 14 year old friend who leaves the refugee camp for the streets of Peshawar.

*non-fiction selection

Featured Junior Books
The Sandwich Swap book cover
Extra Credit book cover
The Breadwinner book cover

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