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Amina's Voice
by Hena Khan


Overview - "Amina's anxieties are entirely relatable, but it's her sweet-hearted nature that makes her such a winning protagonist." -- Entertainment Weekly

A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family's vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school after tragedy strikes her community in this sweet and moving middle grade novel from the award-winning author of It's Ramadan, Curious George and Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns Read more...


 
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Overview
"Amina's anxieties are entirely relatable, but it's her sweet-hearted nature that makes her such a winning protagonist." --Entertainment Weekly

A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family's vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school after tragedy strikes her community in this sweet and moving middle grade novel from the award-winning author of It's Ramadan, Curious George and Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns.

Amina has never been comfortable in the spotlight. She is happy just hanging out with her best friend, Soojin. Except now that she's in middle school everything feels different. Soojin is suddenly hanging out with Emily, one of the "cool" girls in the class, and even talking about changing her name to something more "American." Does Amina need to start changing too? Or hiding who she is to fit in? While Amina grapples with these questions, she is devastated when her local mosque is vandalized.

Amina's Voice brings to life the joys and challenges of a young Pakistani American and highlights the many ways in which one girl's voice can help bring a diverse community together to love and support each other.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781481492065
  • ISBN-10: 1481492063
  • Publisher: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You
  • Publish Date: March 2017
  • Page Count: 208
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.75 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > People & Places - United States - Asian American
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Friendship
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Prejudice & Racism

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2017-01-02
  • Reviewer: Staff

For musically gifted Amina Khokar, sixth grade heralds a multitude of changes. Her best friend Soojin is about to be granted citizenship and plans to leave her Korean name behind, plus Soojin has befriended another classmate, Emily, whom Amina distrusts. Meanwhile, Aminas family is hosting her strict Muslim great-uncle, who is visiting Wisconsin from Pakistan, and stage-fright-prone Amina prepares to publically read a passage from the Quran in Arabic. The vandalism of the local Islamic Center and mosque further heightens the turmoil in this timely coming-of-age story. Through Aminas emotional, honest responsesbetrayed confusion over Soojin wanting an American name, her worry about her uncles comments that her passion for music is un-Islamic, her dejected disbelief in response to the Islamophobic vandalismKhan (Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns) gracefully addresses the difficulty of reconciling individual beliefs with those of others, especially those you love, as well as the complications that accompany the merging of cultures. Watching Amina literally and figuratively find her voicebolstered by community, friendship, and discovered inner strengthmakes for rewarding reading. Ages 812. Agent: Matthew Elblonk, DeFiore and Company. (Mar.)

 
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