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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Winner of the Penguin/Orange Reader’s Group Prize 2006 and 2007 this book was a compelling read. Ranging from the cold Afghanistan winter of 1975 with friends Amir and Hassan in Kabul flying kites to the plight of refugees fleeing to Pakistan in the most appalling of circumstances we follow Amir to America and finally his return to his homeland in 2001.
At times it is an almost unbearably sad and tragic tale. There are striking contrasts between terror and tenderness, love and the cowardice and vengefulness of bullying. The main theme is one of ‘giving’ in boundless amounts yet not asking for anything in return as exemplified in Hassan’s friendship for Amir. Through these characters and the narrative the reader comes face to face with many of the challenges and tragedies that have beset Afghanis both in their homeland and in the immigrant San Francisco community
Rahim Khan, an old man by the end of the book promises ‘there is a way to be good again’ – a phrase that was borne out throughout the book as the characters journey through the decades. This was an excellent compelling book that combined depth of character, plot, setting and context into a riveting read.




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4 I Have Lived A Thousand Years Livia Bitton-Jackson READING NOW
5 A life in secrets : the story of Vera Atkins and the lost agents of SOE Sarah Helm
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7 A Time to Speak Helen Lewis
8 If I Should Die Before I Wake Han Nolan

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1The house at Riverton Kate Morton
2 Salmon Fishing in The Yemen Paul Torday
3 The Savage Garden Mark Mills
4 The Interpretation of Murder Jed Rubenfeld
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Catch My Eye

1 When The Emperor Was Divine Julie Otsuka READ
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Spiritual

1 Pilgrim Road Albert Holtz LENT READING
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Wendy’s 100 Most Influential Novels by Women Writers

1 Mrs. Dalloway -Virginia Woolf
2 Their Eyes Were Watching God-Zora Neale Hurston READ
3 The Stone Diaries-Carol Shields
4 Tell Me a Riddle-Tillie Olsen
5 The Optimist's Daughter-Eudora Welty
6 Stones From the River-Ursula Hegi
7 Stones for Ibarra-Harriet Doerr
8 Angle of Repose-Wallace Stegner

Newbery Project

1 The Giver Lois Lowry READ
2 The Trumpeter of Krakow Eric Kelly
3 Ginger Pye Eleanor Estes
4 Island of The Blue Dolphins Scott O'Dell
5 A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle
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