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Review of The Partition Project

The Partition Project by Saadia FaruqiIntermediate, Middle School    Quill Tree/HarperCollins    416 pp.2/24    9780063115811    $19.99e-book ed.  9780063115873    $10.99Seventh grader Mahnoor Raheem is less than thrilled when her Pakistani grandmother, Dadi, comes to live with them in Texas. Not only does Maha have to give up her bedroom, but her father also...

Review of My Mother’s Tongues: A Weaving of Languages

My Mother’s Tongues: A Weaving of Languages by Uma Menon; illus. by Rahele Jomepour BellPrimary    Candlewick    32 pp.2/24    9781536222517    $18.99Sumi’s mother switches effortlessly between Malayalam, a regional language from Kerala, India, and English. She speaks Malayalam to Sumi’s grandmother, a mix of English and Malayalam to Sumi, and English to...

Review of Drawing Deena

Drawing Deena by Hena KhanMiddle School    Salaam/Simon    240 pp.2/24    9781534459915    $17.99e-book ed.  9781534459939    $10.99Thirteen-year-old Deena Rahman’s world revolves around spending time with her friends, creating art, and appeasing her Pakistani American family. Deena also helps her mother run a clothing boutique selling Pakistani outfits, hoping to alleviate tension in their...

We Need Diverse Muslim and Jewish Books: An Update

In their March/April 2020 Horn Book article “We Need Diverse Jewish and Muslim Books: A Conversation,” Heidi Rabinowitz and Sadaf Siddique discussed the state of Jewish and Muslim books and the work being done to share them. They found a number of parallels in their approaches to showcasing Jewish and...

Review of We Are All We Have

We Are All We Have by Marina Budhos High School     Lamb/Random    256 pp.         g10/22     978-0-593-12020-0     $17.99Library ed.  978-0-593-12021-7    $20.99e-book ed.  978-0-593-12022-4    $10.99 When an overnight ICE raid in 2019 Brooklyn leads to her mother’s arrest, seventeen-year-old Rania and her eight-year-old brother, Kamal, are left behind....

Review of Hollow Fires

Hollow Fires by Samira AhmedHigh School    Little, Brown    400 pp.   g5/22    978-0-316-28264-2    $18.99e-book ed.  978-0-316-28284-0    $9.99In a fast-paced thriller with elements of the supernatural, Ahmed (Internment, rev. 3/19) continues to explore issues of racism and Islamophobia. Chicago high-school senior and budding journalist Safiya Mirza attends exclusive DuSable Prep. When...

Review of Unsettled

Unsettled by Reem Faruqi Middle School    Harper/HarperCollins    352 pp.    g 5/21    978-0-06-304470-8    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-304472-2    $8.99 Faruqi’s evocative immigrant story in verse follows a young girl from the “land of the pure” to the “land of the free.” Thirteen-year-old Nurah Haqq and her family move from Karachi, Pakistan, to...

Review of Home Is Not a Country

Home Is Not a Country by Safia Elhillo Middle School, High School    Make Me a World/Random    224 pp.    g 3/21    978-0-593-17705-1    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-17706-8    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-17707-5    $10.99 Elhillo’s strikingly original novel in searingly honest, staccato verse, nearly all in lowercase, showcases the difficult realities of working-class immigrant...

Review of A Thousand Questions

A Thousand Questions by Saadia Faruqi Intermediate    Quill Tree/HarperCollins    320 pp.    g 10/20    978-0-06-294320-0    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-294322-4    $8.99 Issues of home and belonging form the cornerstones of Faruqi’s (author of the Yasmin early chapter books) first solo middle-grade novel. Mimi and her mother (her father left the family when...

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