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People lose their homes, land, and family members to war and that is horrifying.

Under the Persimmon Tree

I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. It is only pages and it is very meaningful. The author makes you want to keep reading because you are so interested in what is going to happen next to these families. The ending may be sad to some, but it also shows the true value of family and what your family would want you to do. May 09, Mia rated it did not like it. I got to page and stopped.

I just can't do it. This godawful piece of garbage beat me. I'm actually wondering how I got this far. There are so many things wrong with this book that I'm not even sure I can list them all. A large amount of the sentences have an absence of commas, making them either extremly choppy and short or so long that my internal voice even has to take a breath. Either way, it is exceptionally annoying. A great example of this would be in page 7, where it bares the sentenc I got to page and stopped. A great example of this would be in page 7, where it bares the sentence of "And only a moment later Baba-jan comes whisting down the path that leads from the pens that hold our sheep and goats at the base of the foothills of the Hindu Kush.

There is also the additional issue of how she uses the same word in a very short span of time. It seems as if she was lacking a thesaurus as she was writing the book. A third problem I spotted had only occured once in the chapter, but it caught my eye nonetheless. It is a sentence located on page 12, which has been cut to spare the decent grammar and cut to the chase. There are three ands there! Revist the first grade if you must! How did this get past her editor, Jeffrey Ward? Hey, at least she used a comma. Also, I just really don't like that the two separate stories are told in first and third person.

I have not gotten used to it yet and it's really aggravating. If it's to easily depict who's perspective that part of the book is being told from, it's not working. You might be able to tell the difference from the names at the beginning of every chapter, but what do I know? On page 45 she used three question marks in a row. For a book, that is not proper. If that's even a word, on page 46 hey, they're right after each other Staples, or rather 'Nusrat' described the character Fatima as having 'bright dark eyes'. There's supposed to be some sort of poetic-like description in there, but that's just awful.

Overall, Uncle laughs too much. In the span of three pages, Staples said some variant of 'Uncle laughed' five times. That might just be a personal thing, but it bothered me. On page 62, within the span of a paragraph a day and a half passed by. It was irritating to me, at least. On page 63, Najmah said 'the gazelle will turn into a fish', referring the stars above her at the time and throughout her life, twice in the span of a paragraph.

In all of chapter 5, it was predictable, at least to me, that someone was going to die or get injured. Or at the very least, something bad was ought to happen. Everything was too perfect the night before the bombing, and Najmah had been gone for too long.

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There, oh my Lord that took forever Oct 13, Mary Hoch rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book starts out telling two separate stories, one of a woman, the other of a girl, both living in the Middle East during Taliban seizure. Najmah, is the young daughter of a shepherd family living in a Northern Afghanistan village called Golestan. Najmah heads to Pakistan in search for her father and brother. Nusr This book starts out telling two separate stories, one of a woman, the other of a girl, both living in the Middle East during Taliban seizure.

Nusrat is an American Muslim who now lives in Pakistan with her husband, who returned to his homeland to run a medical clinic and help his people in their time of need. As Nusrat awaits his return in Peshawar, she hosts the Persimmon Tree School to educate refugee children. Their two stories merge as Najmah makes her way to Nusrat. Both, desperate to find lost family members, seek answers in the stars. Together they vow to honor their father by making their way back home to reclaim their land in Golestan. Nusrat endures the loss of her beloved husband and chooses to make peace with her family in America.

This is truly a heartrending tale of the struggles that take place in the world, which children should not have to endure. Dari vocabulary is used throughout the text, which at first slowed me down. However, a glossary is included in the back of the book. This book is appropriate for grades 6 through 9 and includes themes of the reign of the Taliban over Afghanistan, the devastation created by war, the power of education, the loss and search for family, and trusting in others. Because both protagonists are female, this book would primarily appeal to female readers.

Sep 23, Diane rated it it was ok Shelves: I loved Staples book Shabanu, but was disappointed in this one. It is set in Afghanistan and Pakistan during - ? The woman converts to Islam, marries an Afghan doctor and moves to Peshawar where she runs a refugee school and he goes off to run a clinic in northern Afghanistan. So much of this story is unlikely and feels ar I loved Staples book Shabanu, but was disappointed in this one.

So much of this story is unlikely and feels artificial. The refugee school has 6 students - there were thousands and thousands of refugees. The woman chooses to put all her energy into the young girl when there is a woman in the school with who wanted to teach Afghan children - why ignore her?

The wealth and class of the young woman compared withher students and the other refugees is irritating and made me angry. The young woman's conversion to Islam seemed trite - although there is a bit of information about Islam that would be good for discussion - pretty thin though compared with Shabanu.

May be worth reading since so little is available for young people about women and Islam and the middle east. Jun 14, Jacqueline rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was an excellent book! One of those books that I think everyone should read. A book that should be on every school's "reading list.

A series of probable events br This was an excellent book! A series of probable events brings these two people together. The book shows Northern Afghan culture as well as a lot of the culture of Pakistan, from the wealthy University professors to more typical Pakistani to the poor and the refugees.

Under the Persimmon Tree by Suzanne Fisher Staples

It also shows recent events in the part of the world in a realistic light. The author was a reporter and did volunteer work in Afghanistan and Pakistan during this time period. Although the reading level and tone of the book are suitable for th graders, there is plenty here for discussion and thought for older students and adults.

Oct 18, Margaret rated it really liked it Shelves: Under the Persimmon Tree is about Najmah, a girl of about eleven, who watches the Talaban kidnap her father and brother, and later her mother and baby brother are killed in an air raid. At the same time, the story of Nusrat, originally named Elaine who is a blonde white girl from New York, who met and married Faiz, a doctor from Afghanistan.

Faiz hearing about the war in Afghanistan feels he must return home and help his people. Nusrat returns with him and teaches school at a refugee camp in P Under the Persimmon Tree is about Najmah, a girl of about eleven, who watches the Talaban kidnap her father and brother, and later her mother and baby brother are killed in an air raid. Nusrat returns with him and teaches school at a refugee camp in Peshawar, Pakistan. In alternating chapters, these stories are told. There is much discussion of the political climate in Afghanistan during this period.

This book is appropriate for grades It could be read and discussed in discussions about the Middle East and Afghanistan in particular. Apr 02, Ayanna Dukes rated it it was amazing. When I was reading this book, A long walk to Water popped up in my mind. Their both so alike in so many ways: Also, I like how this book some insight on how people lives are in India or Pakistan. This book didn't disappoint me whatsoever, and I hope that you get a chance to read When I was reading this book, A long walk to Water popped up in my mind. This book didn't disappoint me whatsoever, and I hope that you get a chance to read this amazing book.

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View all 4 comments. Jan 27, Rebecca rated it liked it. Not bad, but stories like this one set in war torn Afghanistan are becoming more common than they used to be. It's hard not to become a little desensitised to characters and storylines that follow a similar vein to those that I've read before eg. The orphaned child, the American woman Muslim convert. Having said that, this novel is aimed at young adult readers and as such it would probably be quite an eye-opening read for those who haven't had exposure to this sort of subject matter before.

Sep 10, Kayla rated it really liked it. This was a very good book. It has many insights about the Muslim faith. I liked how she spoke in 3rd and 1st person when changing different characters.

It helped with the point of view and made the story more interesting and catchy. I would recommend this book. Apr 12, Sasha rated it liked it. Too many characters with no introduction. Instead of an intro, the author goes right into action. Yes, it was more interesting, but there were too many characters and too sad. Unless you read books for deaths, don't read this. Jan 22, Olivia rated it it was ok. Really did not enjoy reading this book.

I thought it was confusing, and it took me a while to finally realize what was going on. Jan 20, Aryaan rated it it was ok. The book bored me half to death. Basically, there was pages of buildup- but no climatic ending. Dec 14, Graham Bowerman rated it liked it. The history of Afghanistan has been very long and complex.


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The country lies in a strategic location in the heart of Asia. For thousands of years, various armies have invaded the region to establish control. The story revolves around the lives of the regular people and how the war affected their lives. This book had many emotional parts in it, but two really come to mind. She takes in Afghan refugees and gives them food, a place to stay, and an education. She has a student named Najmah, whose father and brother were taken from the Taliban, and her mother and baby brother were killed by air raids.

Nusrat also had a friend named Elaine who traveled with other teachers into the city to find the refugees food to eat. They had to sneak into the city because if one of the officers find them walking around without a man beside them, they will either be killed or put into jail. Sadly one day when Elaine was in her apartment sleeping. A man jumped through her window and robbed her. Elaine chased him down the stairs, but her neighbor Dr. She was not happy about this because she loved the view of the city more than anything.

Faiz came and helped her out. I would recommend people read this book if they like stories that have historical significance. It shows the troubles of the average citizen and how they had to go through the pain of losing their loved ones from the war. I did like how the book goes into detail about the simplest things. She strikes a match and holds it to the kerosene stove until the blue flame pops to life.

She lays out the things for the tea while the water heats, and when she hears the tickle of bubbles rising to the surface inside the kettle, she takes it off and pours it into the teacups. The author would describe the lives and duties of each character with such elegance. Personally, I was not a fan of this book. I thought it was difficult to follow the storyline.

The book goes back and forth over multiple heartbreaking character tales. It was also hard to follow because I was not familiar with the character names. For example, if Nusrat would have been named Nancy, and Najmah would have been named Nelly. I think I would have had less trouble reading the story.

On multiple occasions, I had to re-read the chapter to understand what was going on. All and all, this was an interesting book, but just hard to comprehend. Najmah and Nusrat are two strangers who meet under strange events. After losing and being away from their loved ones, both set a dangerous passage of searching for what keeps them alive.

Najmah is young Afghan girl who loses her family in a sudden moment. Her mother and baby bother die in an air attack and her father and elder brother are taken by Taliban to fight for them under force. She takes a decision not to stop hopping and starts her journey of searching for her lost ones and along she me Najmah and Nusrat are two strangers who meet under strange events. She takes a decision not to stop hopping and starts her journey of searching for her lost ones and along she meets Nusrat. Her husband had decided to work in one of the clinics in Afghanistan but with the current situation they were not able to see each other.

It is an extra knowledge to prepare you for what is happening outside of your world. It is a guideline to teach you not to judge people without knowing them. People lose their homes, lose their loved ones, and lose themselves not that they want or they tend to but because one arrogant regime believes that ruling and destroying another country or nation will give him a power to be God.

The book was written is a simple style and easy to read and gives you a real feeling. I loved and appreciate the small dictionary that was kept as a note so the reader will understand the meaning of origin names and words. Under the Persimmon tree is a beautiful book about a young girl named Najmah who has the heart of a pure gem. I love this book not only for it's amazing story line and characters but also for the meaning. The meaning of this book is so beautiful and touching it made me want to put my self in Najmah's shoes. Najmah soon leaves everything she has ever known behind her and looks ahead to continue her new life miles and miles ahead of her.

But there is only one thing, mother baby brother dead, fathe Under the Persimmon tree is a beautiful book about a young girl named Najmah who has the heart of a pure gem. But there is only one thing, mother baby brother dead, father and brother forced to join the terrorist group. How tragic could this get?

What Im trying to say is that Najmah has such a beautiful soul that even after what misery she had to live through deep deep down she has tiny sparks of empathy, love and hope. It all pays off once she starts her new life with an amazing teacher Bibli Nusrat. Well bibli Nustrat's story is a little different. The learning from her is that sometimes you just have to except the truth and reality even as hard as the truth may be you can't keep lying to yourself to put a dark shade over reality. All in all this was an great read! Sad touching, but most of all beautiful! Meanwhile, in Pakistan, Nusrat anxiously awaits news of her husband, who left home to run a clinic for war victims.

The paths of the two protagonists cross when Najmah is brought to Nusrat's school for refugees which is held under a persimmon tree. Sharing a deep sense of loss, anxiety for their loved ones' safety and a passionate interest in the stars, Najmah and Nusrat give each other strength to face an uncertain future.

The author fills in tangible details of day-to-day life in a strife-ridden land. While avoiding political commentary, Staples powerfully and honestly expresses the plight of a civilization caught between terrorists and American bombs.


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