Extra Credit by Andrew Clements
Best-selling author Andrew Clements hatches an unlikely friendship between two very different kids. Abby, an American student, is given an extra-credit assignment to find an international pen pal as her last chance to avoid repeating sixth grade. Her letter reaches the hands of Sadeed, an excellent Afghan student with a good command of English. An enriching friendship develops but becomes problematic for each child's community and cultural traditions. A thoughtful and empathetic young adult novel.