“This time, you can see from my hijab loosely looped, and my mother’s hijab tightly wrapped, that we are related. Family. The way it’s meant to be.”
Ages: 9-12 (older as well in my opinion)
Available: my Amazon page- link in bio
Wow. I don’t know where to start with this beautiful verse book. I cried at the end of it, and honestly enjoyed every moment I spent reading it!!!
The book is amazingly written. I was hesitant about books in verse at first, and I think this book changed my mind!
Nurah has just moved from Pakistan to Georgia, and she struggles to figure her way out in this new place when she is so obviously different. She is brown where most are white, short where most are tall, and Muslim where most are not. Her older brother excels at swimming whereas she is average. She loves art…but her first self portrait reflects her insecurity in her looks. She has a crush on a boy in her class but doesn’t feel worthy of his attention.
She removes her cultural clothing and adopts the jeans and walmart tops. She walks ahead of her family and doesn’t introduce them as hers- due to her moms hijab.
And then she makes a friend…and all that changes!
She emerges as such a strong and amazing character, one who finds pride in who she is, works hard at her skills of swimming and art (draws a new self portrait of herself in hijab!!), and loves her family fiercely!!!
This is not your average immigrant story, but so much more. There is so much to learn from: whether it is how bullying is wrong, how you should stand up for those that are oppressed and hurt, how you should be confident in who you are, and how you should always work harder to reach your goals.
I don’t want to spoil the story but I strongly encourage reading it for yourself! There are so many Islamic tidbits and Islamic knowledge (ayahs and hadith) and so many relatable instances of being Muslim in the west! Nurah struggles with crushes and praying and hijab- but does so in such a relatable and natural way.
The authentic Muslim rep just propels this book into one of my favorites, and the way Nurah emerges as a confident Muslim at the end just warms my heart!
Price: 12 usd
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