Kay, I really don't feel good cause of a nasty flu bug that I picked up, so this is gonna be short. This is one of those books that you can learn a lot from but isn't exactly uplifting, if you know what I mean. Still, it gives you a good insight into Afghanistan. Here's Wanting Mor by Rukhsana Khan.
Jameela is an eleven- or twelve-year-old girl living in post-Taliban Afghanistan. For her whole life, she's tried not to be self-conscious about a cleft in her lip. Waking up in her family's small cottage one morning, she's devastated to find that her mother Mor died during the night. Now she's left with her father, who takes on a new personality now that Mor's gone. He starts smoking, yelling more, and acting worse in general. All of a sudden, he decides to take Jameela and go back to the city where he came from. When they get there, things are far from content. They end up staying at a succession of different houses and going through a variety of experiences; some of the people she meets are shallow and self-absorbed, and some are selfless and kind. She learns about the unexpected people she can trust- and the unexpected people she can't.
Yeah, I know it's short. I have a fever, so cut me some slack. This book's fairly short, and it works for any age- middle to high school. It's very thought-provoking. Get it at Kettleson, Sitka High, or Mt. Edgecumbe.