Julie Hakim Azzam

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Review of Tomatoes in My Lunchbox

Tomatoes in My Lunchbox by Costantia Manoli; illus. by Magdalena MoraPrimary    Roaring Brook    32 pp.    g6/22    978-1-250-76312-9    $18.99“There is a whole world in my name. I carry it with me. It’s heavy carrying your whole world around with you all the time.” After the young narrator leaves home for life...
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Review of One Wish: Fatima al-Fihri and the World’s Oldest University

One Wish: Fatima al-Fihri and the World’s Oldest University by M. O. Yuksel; illus. by Mariam QuraishiPrimary, Intermediate    Harper/HarperCollins    40 pp.    g2/22    978-0-06-303291-0    $18.99In a text rich with imagery, Yuksel (In My Mosque) tells the true story of Fatima ­al-Fihri, whose one wish was to build a school for all....
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Review of The Monster in the Bathhouse

The Monster in the Bathhouse by Sina Merabian; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Simon    32 pp.    g2/22    978-1-5344-9682-8    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-5344-9683-5    $10.99Nowruz is a celebration of the end of winter and the start of a new year. For the three boys and their fathers in this story, a visit to...
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Review of Perfectly Imperfect Mira

Perfectly Imperfect Mira by Faith Pray; illus. by the authorPreschool    Little, Brown    40 pp.    g4/22    978-0-316-54116-9    $17.99Mira has lots of first days attempting new activities, but fear of failure prevents many second days. Take gymnastics, for example, a sport full of terrible what-if? ­scenarios for an anxious mind: “What if...
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Review of Nour’s Secret Library

Nour’s Secret Library by Wafa’ Tarnowska; illus. by Vali MintziPrimary, Intermediate    Barefoot    32 pp.    g3/22    978-1-64686-291-7    $17.99Paper ed.  978-1-64686-292-4    $9.99Nour and her cousin Amir are busy making plans for a secret society (with code word and handshake, natch) when war erupts in their neighborhood. It’s the early days of the...

Antiracist Baby and "didactic intent"

Regardless of your politics, for those of us invested in children's literature, watching Ted Cruz’s questioning of Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson earlier this week was a bit surreal. I mean, children’s books make their way into culture-wars debates all the time, but that usually happens in the once-sleepy...

Review of Where Butterflies Fill the Sky: A Story of Immigration, Family, and Finding Home

Where Butterflies Fill the Sky: A Story of Immigration, Family, and Finding Home by Zahra Marwan; illus. by the author Primary    Bloomsbury    48 pp.    g 3/22    978-1-5476-0651-1    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5476-0783-9    $13.29 Sometimes the concept of home is complicated. The author presents her own story of emigrating from Kuwait as...

Review of Red, White, and Whole

Red, White, and Whole by Rajani LaRocca Middle School    Quill Tree/HarperCollins    224 pp.    g 2/21    978-0-06-304742-6    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-304744-0    $9.99 It’s 1983, and thirteen-year-old Reha feels she has “two lives.” In one, she’s a serious student who tries to make her Indian immigrant parents proud but is seen as...

Review of The Cat Man of Aleppo

The Cat Man of Aleppo  by Irene Latham and Karim Shamsi-Basha; illus. by Yuko Shimizu Primary, Intermediate    Putnam    32 pp.    g  4/20    978-1-9848-1378-7    $17.99  In 2012, civil war comes to Aleppo, then the largest city in Syria. ­Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel is an ambulance driver who remains behind while many of his neighbors...
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