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Zia's Story (Hardcover)

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By Shahnaz Qayumi, Nahid Kazemi (Illustrator)
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"You are a man now, take care of your mother," Zia's father whispered to Zia just as he is arrested--never to return home. Soon after that, in 1989, the Russians pull out of Afghanistan, and the country falls into civil war. After the Taliban took over, women were not allowed to work, nor could girls go to school. Zia's Story is based on the author's own experiences as a young mother having to flee an Afghanistan torn apart by war with her young son.

About the Author

Shahnaz Qayumi was born and raised in Kabul. Zia's Story is her first book for young people and is closely based on other Afghans and her as a refugee from war-torn Afghanistan. After fleeing Afghanistan, she found refuge in Canada. She now lives in Vancouver and teaches at Langara University. Nahid Kazemi is an artist, illustrator and graphic designer. She has published many award-winning children's books, and was nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award and the 2020 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Her recent publications include Over the Rooftops, Under the Moon and The Old Woman. She has exhibited her work around the world. Nahid lives in Montreal.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781990598128
ISBN-10: 1990598129
Publisher: Tradewind Books
Publication Date: June 15th, 2024
Pages: 96
Language: English