Two girls from very different upbringings forge a remarkable friendship amidst the backdrop of war. Yasmine and Tamanna’s friendship is tested repeatedly. The bonds formed from learning from each other, genuine love for one another, loyalty to each other and the will to survive would prove unbreakable as the teenagers confront unimaginable peril.
Best friends Tamanna and Yasmine cannot believe their good fortune when a school is set up in their Afghan village; however, their dreams for the future are shattered when the Taliban burn down the school and threaten the teacher and students with death. As Tamanna faces an arranged marriage to an older man, and the Taliban target Yasmine's Western-educated family, the girls realise they must flee. Travelling through dangerous moventain passes, the two unaccompanied teens find themselves in mortal danger as they confront land mines, a suicide bomber, and roving bands of the Taliban, But when the two girls are separated, they are left without the one thing that has helped them survive-each other.
About the Author
Sharon McKay, Y/A writer and Canadian War Artist.
Montreal born author Sharon McKay is well-known for her novels for young adults including Charlie Wilcox, Charlie Wilcox’s Great War, Esther and four novels in Penguin’s “Our Canadian Girl” historical fiction series.
Her most recent works for young adults include War Brothers, a story of child soldiers in Uganda and the winner of the Arthur Ellis Award.
Thunder Over Kandahar is the heart-stopping story of two girls making their way across the most dangerous territory on earth.
Whispers from the Ghetto, Whispers from the Camps and Whispers from Hiding, are all short stories dealing with the Holocaust and written with Kathy Kacer, a multi-award winning writer and a child of survivors.
In January 2008 Sharon was accepted into the Canadian Forces (War) Artists Program or CFAP. She is the first children’s writer to hold the title. In March 2009 she went to Afghanistan to, in the words of the program description, “capture the daily operations, personnel, and spirit of the Canadian Forces.”