Books by Ahmad Akbarpour

THAT NIGHT'S TRAIN by Ahmad Akbarpour
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Short and simply told, but hard to follow and likely to have less meaning to children than to reflective older readers with authorial ambitions of their own. (Fiction. 12-14, adult)"
A writer's broken promise to a motherless child frames ruminations on story crafting and the sometimes conflicting imperatives of life and art. Read full book review >
GOOD NIGHT, COMMANDER by Ahmad Akbarpour
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2010

In the war between Iran and Iraq, a little boy loses his leg—and also his mother. Once safe, his only way to make sense of the tragedy is to re-create the war in his bedroom with a toy gun and imaginary soldiers. This time however, he is in control; he is the Commander. But when he finally meets his enemy face to face, he finds a young boy, similar to him. Readers learn a universal truth—enemies are never as different as one would imagine. The boy stops fighting and looks tearfully at his mother's photograph, ashamed that he was unable to avenge her death. A reassuring voice whispers, "Congratulations, Commander. I am proud of you." Zahedi's wobbly, childlike sketches reinforce the direct perspective of a child struggling to process horrific events. Educating children about war will never be easy, but a story from a child's voice shows how combat affects everyone. Tanks and fallen soldiers, no matter how innocently rendered, make this more suitable for older readers, but the recognition of the essential humanity of an enemy is a good lesson for all. (introductory note) (Picture book. 8-12)Read full book review >