Sherman, Sue. Cambridge Wizard Student Guide: The Kite Runner. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
This student guide to the novel includes chapter summaries, selected quotes, and sections on themes, genre, structure, and style. It also includes sample essays and advice for answering exam questions about the book.
Bloom, Harold, ed. Bloom’s Guides: Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 2009.
This study guide includes expanded material, including a biography of Hosseini, a list of characters, summary and analysis, a look at the story’s background, and a sampling of critical views on the novel.
Hayes, Judi Slayden. In Search of The Kite Runner. Atlanta: Chalice Press, 2007.
Written from a Christian perspective, this book relates the characters and events of The Kite Runner to various biblical figures. The book focuses on issues of relationship, betrayal, and redemption that are present in many literary and spiritual traditions.
Herbert, Marilyn. Bookclub-In-A-Box: Discusses the Novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Toronto: Bookclub-In-A-Box, 2006.
This is a literary discussion guide intended for use by book club members, teachers, and students. It offers interpretations and analyses of the themes, symbols, and writing style of The Kite Runner and includes a plot synopsis, the author's biography, and discussion questions.
O’Rourke, Meghan. “The Kite Runner: Do I really have to read it?” Slate, July 25, 2005.
This Slate article examines the reasons why The Kite Runner was such a huge hit in America, a country that usually does not embrace Middle Eastern stories.
Grossman, Lev. “The Kite Runner Author Returns Home.” Time, May 17, 2007.
This Time article details Khaled Hosseini’s return to Afghanistan for the first time since he left 27 years prior. When Hosseini wrote The Kite Runner, he had not yet returned.
Ewans, Martin. Afghanistan: A Short History of Its People and Politics. New York: Harper Perennial, 2002.
This is a history of Afghanistan that spans from the earliest records until the twentieth century. It focuses on the conflicts and political changes that have shaped the country, and touches on modern terrorism.