Title: The Kite Runner
Author: Khaled Hosseini
One of my very favorite writers in the entire world is Afghan-American writer Khaled Hosseini. He's one of my heroes. Here's why: After being born in Afghanistan, his family moved to France when he was 11 because his father was a diplomat. A few years later when the family was supposed to return home, they had to apply for asylum to live in the US because Afghanistan was in an ugly war with the Soviets. So, at age 15, young Khaled ended up here in the US in a public high school English class where he didn't even speak any English! Seriously, can you imagine not speaking any English and being put into a regular old English class?
In one interview Hosseini told the audience that ". . . in terms of fitting in, I felt like a complete outsider. I felt like I was like looking in through the glass at a party that was going on, and I wasn't invited it to it . . . " . Yet even though high school kind of sucked, he was determined to learn English. Not only did he learn English, but he graduated, went to college, became a doctor and started writing. His first book was the novel that contains today's quote, The Kite Runner. Kind of amazing, huh? His life really proves that you can do anything you want if you're willing to work hard for it.
little context about this quote without giving too
much of this amazingly tragic and beautiful story
away. The scene from where I took this quote is
set in Afghanistan. The main character, an upper
class Muslim boy named Amir, is excited to get
home and tell his dad about a contest he has just
won--Amir is always struggling to get his dad to
be proud of him and he hopes this will be the
On the way home, however, he comes across one of his best friends, Hassan, being bullied. But wait--it gets worse. Not only is Hassan a friend, but he is also like family since Hassan and his father are servants to Amir's family and so they live in the same home. Plus, Hassan unselfishly helped Amir win the contest, which Amir will get all the credit for. Yet when Amir sees Hassan surrounded by 3 rough boys tormenting Hassan,what does he do? Sadly, he hides from sight and says nothing. He does nothing--nothing to protect one of his most loyal friends from getting badly hurt. And for both of them, Amir's silence has a cost that haunts them for the rest of their lives.
Renegade Thought of the Day:
What might make a person not speak up if he or she secretly witnesses his or her best friend being bullied?
Obviously, we know that the person being bullied would be hurt, but what might the consequences of staying silent be for the friend that didn't speak up?
Renegade Challenge: Be prepared. Take a moment to imagine a scenario where you are walking alone and you see a someone getting bullied by some other kids. You don't see any adults around. What are some ways you could intervene so that no one gets hurt?
Bonus: This is a must-see! Watch this USA Today Inspiration Nation video and be prepared to be SO inspired by how these fifth graders not only go the extra mile to end bullying, but they also make a wonderful new friend. Sometimes humans are awesome!