Under the Persimmon Tree

By Suzanne Fisher Staples

An outstanding novel exploring the relationship between a young American woman and a refugee girl.

Northern Afghanistan, 2001. When the Taliban takes her brother and father to be soldiers and the bombing of her tiny village kills her mother and baby brother, Najmah makes a dangerous journey over the mountains to Pakistan. Here she meets Elaine, an American woman waiting for her doctor husband to return from the front. Najmah joins Elaine's refugee school under the persimmon tree, until, sure that both their families are dead, Elaine tries to persuade her to go to America. But when Najmah's brother arrives at the school, still alive, she bravely decides to return with him to the village of their birth.

  • Based on the true stories told to the author whilst in Afghanistan and the refugee camps in Pakistan, this is a heart-rending and powerfully topical novel by the Newbury Honor-winning author of "Daughter of the Wind".
  • Officially endorsed by Amnesty International.

About the author

Suzanne Fisher Staples is a former United Press International news reporter who has worked in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. She is the award-winning author of many acclaimed books for young readers set in south Asia and the Middle East, including Shiva's Fire and The Green Dog. She lives in Pennsylvania, USA.


"An outstanding novel of courage, survival and hope...a heartrending and powerfully topical book." Fiction Focus

ISBN: 9780744555974
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: April 1, 2006
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm, 304pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $16.99
New Zealand RRP: $21.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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