To engage young readers of all levels, Saratoga Reads has developed a list of “companion books” that complement And the Mountains Echoed. In the category of picture books, the top recommendation is The Sandwich Swap, by Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah and Kelly DiPucchio, with illustrations by Tricia Tusa. The book tells the story of two young girls from different cultural backgrounds whose choices of food become a contentious issue, only to wind up bonding them in a close friendship.
The top choice for the middle grades is Extra Credit, by Andrew Clements, which explores a pen-pal relationship between Illinois sixth-grader Abby Carson and Sadeed Bayat, the best English-language student in his Afghan village.
Among the companion titles for young adult readers is The Breadwinner, by Deborah Ellis. Set in Afghanistan, the book tells the story of a young girl whose father is arrested by the Taliban. To support her family she decides to masquerade as a boy in order to earn a living in the marketplace.
View detailed information about this year's junior books here.