With the war in Afghanistan as a backdrop, Saving Kabul Corner focuses on the Shinwari and the Gulbadin families as an ancient feud and an unethical - no criminal - politician/real estate developer attempts to drive them out of business. Twelve year old Ariana's family had opened the first Afghan grocery in Fremont, California and were so successful they had just put a down payment on a wonderful new house where Ariana would no longer have to share her room with her cousin, Laila. (Laila's dad is still working with American soldiers in Afghanistan.) But the new house and their future are jeopardized by the opening of a second afghan grocery in the same mall and the malicious vandalism that ensues. Ariana, Laila, and Ariana's friend, Miriam, work together to solve the mystery of who is behind the trouble.
Mark Twain Award Preliminary Nominee 2016-17