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The Secret Sky: A Novel of Forbidden Love in Afghanistan, Abawi, Atia

The Secret Sky: A Novel of Forbidden Love in Afghanistan

Authors: Abawi, Atia
Lexile: 720
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
BISAC/Subject: YAF058260, YAF046090, YAF051140
ISBN: 9780698158542, Related ISBNs: 0142424064, 0399160787, 0698154835, 0698158547, 9780142424063
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 304
Audience: Young adult
Synopsis: An eye-opening, heart-rending tale of love, honor and betrayal from veteran foreign news correspodent Atia Abawi

Fatima is a Hazara girl, raised to be obedient and dutiful. Samiullah is a Pashtun boy raised to defend the traditions of his tribe. They were not meant to fall in love. But they do. And the story that follows shows both the beauty and the violence in current-day Afghanistan as Fatima and Samiullah fight their families, their cultures and the Taliban to stay together. Based on the people Atia Abawi met and the events she covered during her nearly five years in Afghanistan, this stunning novel is a must-read for anyone who has lived during America's War in Afghanistan.

Perfect for fans of Patricia McCormick, Linda Sue Park, and Khaled Hosseini, this story will stay with readers for a long time to come.


* “A suspenseful, enlightening, and hopeful love story.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Riveting plot, sympathetic characters and straightforward narration studded with vivid, authentic detail: a top choice.” – Kirkus review

 “Heartbreaking and heartwarming.” – VOYA review

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