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Amina's voice

by Khan, Hena,

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"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"--
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Amina enjoys spending time with her best friend Soojin and practicing her singing, as long as no one is around to hear her. When Soojin starts talking about selecting a second, more American name when she becomes a citizen, Amina feels she is starting to lose her friend, especially as Soojin starts to befriend classmate Emily and talk about boys. To add to Amina's worries, her parents have signed her up to be part of a statewide Quran recitation competition. While Amina has a beautiful singing talent, she's afraid she won't do well and is searching for a way out. When the Islamic Center is vandalized, however, Amina begins to discover things about her family, her friends, her community, and herself that ultimately help her through her difficulties, in particular, that the support she needs is all around her. The Amina that readers meet at at the beginning of the story a shy, unsure young girl gradually and beautifully blossoms into the confident girl she longs to be. Khan gracefully balances portraying the unique features of Amina's cultural and religious background with familiar themes of family, belonging, and friendship worries, which should resonate with a wide range of readers. Written as beautifully as Amina's voice surely is, this compassionate, timely novel is highly recommended for all libraries.--Paz, Selenia Copyright 2017 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "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, Amina's 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 Amina's emotional, honest responses-betrayed confusion over Soojin wanting an American name, her worry about her uncle's comments that her passion for music is un-Islamic, her dejected disbelief in response to the Islamophobic vandalism-Khan (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 voice-bolstered by community, friendship, and discovered inner strength-makes for rewarding reading. Ages 8-12. Agent: Matthew Elblonk, DeFiore and Company. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Muslims Juvenile fiction
Pakistani Americans Juvenile fiction
Muslims Fiction
Pakistani Americans Fiction
Friendship Fiction
Juvenile Literature
Juvenile Fiction
Electronic books.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers2017
Edition First edition.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Audience 4.6.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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ISBN 9781481492089
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