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The Kite Runner Read-Alikes

    This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s.  In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Child soldiers have been profiled by journalists, and novelists have struggled to imagine their lives. But until now, there has not been a first-person account from someone who came through this hell and survived.    

A confrontation between a sixteen-year-old Nigerian orphan, called Little Bee, and a wealthy British couple on vacation, has life-changing consequences for everyone involved.


      One woman's story about growing up under the Taliban.               

Fawad, an eleven-year-old boy growing up with his widowed mother in Afghanistan, grieves the loss of this family and country until he meets a group of foreigners from the West who give him hope for a better life.

  When eight-year-old Havaa's father is abducted for supposedly aiding Chechen rebels, she is taken in by her neighbor, Akhmed. Seeking refuge in an abandoned hospital, the pair encounters a doctor, Sonja, and together they discover the ties that bind them together and will decide their fate.    

Describes how the author's three-month service as a volunteer at the Little Princes Orphanage in war-torn Nepal became a commitment for advocacy and reform when he discovered that many of his young charges were victims rescued from human traffickers.

 

Two women born a generation apart witness the destruction of their home and family in wartorn Kabul, losses incurred over the course of thirty years that test the limits of their strength and courage.

    Thirteen-year-old Lakshmi, though poor, enjoys her life until the Himalayan monsoons wash away her family's crops and she is sold to a brothel in India by her stepfather. She remembers her mother's wisdom, "Simply to endure is to triumph,"          When Laila's father, king of an unnamed Middle Eastern country, is killed, she and her mother and brother flee to America to live a life of exile. Only now does Laila learn that her father was not the rightful king, but was seen as a dictator in the American newspapers.  When her mother works with the CIA to regain the throne, Laila wonders which side is the right side.      

Living in a village in Ecuador, a Quechua Indian girl is sent to work as an indentured servant for an upper class "mestizo" family.