That Night’s Train

That Night's Train Book CoverFive-year-old Banafsheh is traveling on a train with her grandmother. She meets a kindly teacher who reminds her of her dead mother. The teacher is also a writer, who reads her works-in-progress to her fifth grade students. She promises to call Banafsheh and to visit and tell her stories. But she does not call. The book is a curious look at metafiction, relationships, and how fiction and reality wrap together. This sophisticated read portrays contemporary Iranian society and universal experiences. mjw
Title: That Night’s Train
Author: Ahmad Akbarpour
Illustrator
: Isabelle Arsenault
Publisher
: Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, Toronto, Ontario
Copyright
: 2012
Original language
: Persian
Translator
: Majid Saghafi
Original title
: Ghatar-e An Shab
Original publisher
: Cheshmeh Publications Co., Tehran, Iran
Original copyright
: 2012
ISBN
: 978-1-55498-169-4
Hardcover pages
: 96
Age range
: 9 up
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Iran
Author’s ethnicity
: Iranian
Author’s residence
: Iran
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Canada
Subjects
: Girls, Iran, Promises, Teachers

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