Shooting Kabul

Book review by Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media
Shooting Kabul Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 10+

Life and 9/11 through lens of 11-year-old Afghan immigrant.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 5 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Stands out for and .

Community Reviews

age 10+

Introduction to Culture

I personally think that there are few better ways, if any, to reasonably introduce a child to other cultures than to have them "live" through the eyes of a character in a book. There is and has been a lot in the media about the US withdrawl from the Middle East and the Taliban's resurgence. There are refugees entering the country to escape this influence. We have a congress woman who has received negative messages based on her ancestry and religion. These are issues that are well beyond the conception of many of our younger children. So, how do we help our children understand what some adults barely understand themselves? I think this book is a good start. It is written through the eyes of a middle school aged child who is a refugee to America. It's his and his family's personal experiences and, I think, can help start the conversation and provide a light for children of other cultures. I recommend it.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 11+
i personally think that the story is wonderful. the fact that it ties around truly based events makes it ten times better. its a story filled with many breath taking moments. other then that it shows the importance of your family and how much they care for you.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Book Details

  • Author: N.H. Senzai
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Paula Wiseman
  • Publication date: July 12, 2011
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Last updated: November 5, 2020

Our Editors Recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate