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Under the Persimmon Tree Najmah, a young Afghan girl whose name means star, suddenly finds herself alone when her father and older brother are conscripted by the Taliban and her mother and newborn brother are killed in an air raid An American woman, Elaine, whose Islamic name is Nusrat, is also on her own She waits out the war in Peshawar, Pakistan, teaching refugee children under the persimmon tree in her garden while her Afghan doctor husband runs a clinic in Mazar i Sharif, Afghanistan Najmah s father had always assured her that the stars would take care of her, just as Nusrat s husband had promised that they would tell Nusrat where he was and that he was safe As the two look to the skies for answers, their fates entwine Najmah, seeking refuge and hoping to find her father and brother, begins the perilous journey through the mountains to cross the border into Pakistan And Nusrat s persimmon tree school awaits Najmah s arrival Together, they both seek their way homeKnown for her award winning fiction set in South Asia, Suzanne Fisher Staples revisits that part of the world in this beautifully written, heartrending novel Under the Persimmon Tree is aBank Street Best Children s Book of the Year


10 thoughts on “Under the Persimmon Tree

  1. says:

    Draining The first person present tense was unbearable It was whiny and unamusing I did not connect with a character who tells me everything.


  2. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Under the Persimmon Tree by Suzanne Fisher Staples is a significant book to read to help promote a global society Due to the war in the Middle East and much of the media coverage done on it there has been a great misconception created about Islam and the majority of Muslims News an


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    I got to page 100 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 h


  4. says:

    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 Soldiers take Najmah s father and brother, leaving her, her mother, and baby brother Later, bombs take the lives o


  5. says:

    I loved Staples book Shabanu, but was disappointed in this one It is set in Afghanistan and Pakistan during 2001 2002 and is the story of a a girl and a young woman 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 The girl lives in rural Afghanistan


  6. says:

    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 The book takes place roughly 2001 2002 in Afghanistan and Pakistan following two people one a shepherd girl from a fictional North Afghanistan village and the other the American wife of an Afghan doctor who is living near a refugee c


  7. says:

    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 wa


  8. says:

    Overall, I really enjoyed the book At first I wasn t too big of a fan, but then once the family problems came into play I wanted to keep reading Every chapter switched between Najmah and Nusrat and that was a little confusing at the start because I didn t know what was happening The book was very upbeat and it has a good story behind it It shows how important family


  9. says:

    When I was reading this book, A long walk to Water popped up in my mind Their both so alike in so many ways two points of views and they both intercept, child soldiers, losing your family but finding them in the end, and etc Under the Persimmon Tree really makes you look at things differently, just like A Long Walk To Water Also, I like how this book some insight on


  10. says:

    I hated this book If i could give it less than one star I would.It s plot line was the most confusing thing ever There were two stories happening at the same time and often switched between the two without warning I wouldn t really mind this if at least one of the stories was a good one but neither of them were There were both boring and didn t keep my attention at al


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