Books by N.H. Senzai

ESCAPE FROM ALEPPO by N.H. Senzai
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Despite narrative hitches, a valuable introduction to the issues plaguing modern Syria and the costs of war in historically rich locales. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Senzai (Ticket to India, 2015, etc.) tells the story of 14-year-old Nadia's narrow escape from the ancient city of Aleppo in war-torn Syria as she desperately seeks her family, who accidentally left her behind. Read full book review >
TICKET TO INDIA by N.H. Senzai
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Facts outshine the trappings of fiction here, leading to a book that is important and educational—but not very satisfying. (Fiction. 9-12)"
After her grandfather's death, American Maya learns that her Pakistani grandmother was born in India and is determined to return before the funeral, in search of a ring left behind when the family fled during Partition. Read full book review >
SAVING KABUL CORNER by N.H. Senzai
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"An engaging mystery—that it's about Afghani families struggling and surviving in America is a plus. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The arrival of a rival Afghani food market at the same California shopping plaza as the Shinwari family's already established store brings with it the threat of an awakened family feud. Read full book review >
SHOOTING KABUL by N.H. Senzai
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 22, 2010

As 11-year-old Fadi Nurzai and his family escape from Afghanistan in the summer of 2001, the Taliban show up, forcing their truck driver to take off abruptly, and Fadi's little sister Mariam is accidentally left behind. Mother, father, older sister Noor and Fadi all blame themselves as they make their way to California. Fadi's goal becomes finding a way to go back and rescue Mariam, and he sees a chance in a local photography contest, one prize being a trip to India. Debut novelist Senzai crafts a wrenching tale, based on her husband's Soviet-era experience, putting a human face on the war in Afghanistan. Though the blending of fiction and exposition is uneasy at times, and the resolution too quick and reliant on coincidence, it's an ambitious story with much to offer: a likable protagonist in Fadi, an original and engaging plot and a lens through which readers will learn much about the current conflict. A great match with Suzanne Fisher Staples's Under the Persimmon Tree (2005) and Deborah Ellis's Breadwinner Trilogy. (map, author's note, further reading, websites) (Fiction. 9-14)Read full book review >