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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...

Review of Desert Girl, Monsoon Boy

Desert Girl, Monsoon Boy by Tara Dairman; illus. by Archana Sreenivasan Preschool, Primary    Putnam    32 pp.    g 5/20    978-0-525-51806-8    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-525-51807-5    $10.99 In this beautifully rendered study of contrasts and commonalities, Dairman imagines a girl and boy from two different biomes in India. Split pages portray the girl...

We Need Diverse Jewish and Muslim Books: A Conversation

In recent years, we have seen a welcome increase in books that center diversity in race, class, ability, sexuality, and more. As members of religious minority groups (Sadaf is Muslim, Heidi is Jewish) — and at a time when both Islamophobia and antisemitism are on the rise (deeply troubling and...

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