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Review of The Door Is Open: Stories of Celebration and Community by 11 Desi Voices

The Door Is Open: Stories of Celebration and Community by 11 Desi Voices edited by Hena KhanIntermediate, Middle School    Little, Brown    336 pp.4/24    9780316450638    $17.99e-book ed.  9780316450836    $9.99Focused on a community center in the fictional town of Maple Grove, New Jersey, this powerful collection of short stories celebrates the broad...

Review of Behind My Doors: The Story of the World’s Oldest Library

Behind My Doors: The Story of the World’s Oldest Library by Hena Khan; illus. by Nabila AdaniPrimary    Lee & Low    40 pp.5/24    9781643794235    $20.95The Al-Qarawiyyin Library of Fez, which serves as the first-person narrator of this nonfiction picture book, beckons the reader to hear the tale of its founding, glory...

Review of The Blossom and the Firefly

The Blossom and the Firefly by Sherri L. Smith Middle School, High School    Putnam    311 pp.    g 2/20    978-1-5247-3790-0    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5247-3791-7    $10.99 Almost buried alive in a bombing by Allied forces in 1945 Chiran, Japan, fifteen-year-old Hana feels as though she is already dead, just going through the...

Review of My Grandma and Me

My Grandma and Me by Mina Javaherbin; illus. by Lindsey Yankey Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g 8/19    978-0-7636-9494-4    $16.99  The unnamed narrator recalls her childhood growing up in Iran (where the author also grew up) with her beloved grandmother, who lives with the family. The child accompanies her grandma on...

Review of I Hope You Get This Message

I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi High School    HarperTeen    420 pp.    g 10/19    978-0-06-274145-5    $17.99 e-book ed. 978-0-06-274147-9 $9.99 When the world learns that omnipotent aliens will decide humanity’s fate in eight days, chaos erupts, and three teens strive to make their (potentially) final days count....

Review of Let's Scare Bear

Let’s Scare Bear by Yuko Katakawa; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Holiday    40 pp. 7/19    978-0-8234-3953-9    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-4294-2    $10.99 A quartet of woodland creatures—a mouse, fox, spider, and snake—are enjoying afternoon tea, including their favorite sweet manju cakes (steamed buns filled with red bean paste), when they...

Review of More to the Story

More to the Story by Hena Khan Intermediate, Middle School    Salaam/Simon    262 pp.    g 9/19    978-1-4814-9209-6    $17.99    e-book ed.  978-1-4814-9211-9    $10.99 In a novel inspired by Little Women, thirteen-year-old Pakistani American Jameela Mirza, second oldest of four sisters and an aspiring journalist, lives with her family in Atlanta. This Eid...

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