Amina's Voice

Amina's Voice

Book - 2017
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"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.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Canada MAR 2017
ISBN: 9781481492065
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER
Characteristics: 384 p

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akzfineart
Oct 13, 2017

Absolutely loved this! I could immediately connect to Amina and was completely captivated by the story. This MG novel by an #OwnVoices author is one not to be missed. I can't wait to read future works of the author.

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aveen0
Jul 16, 2017

this book explained so good . it's a bit long but very good

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Jun 20, 2017

While I don’t think this is an absolutely great book, I do think it is a solidly good and important one. I loved Amina and her spirit and I definitely related to the friend and family dynamics. Not a lot happens, though, and sometimes the story felt a little too neatly packaged and reminiscent of an American made-for-TV movie. But the fact that it felt that way while the main character and her family are Muslim is refreshing.

AL_MARY May 20, 2017

Amina could be any American girl - she has overprotective parents, worries about her best friend seeming to befriend a girl they had both disliked, and is nervous about the idea of auditioning for a solo in the school choir. Amina also just happens to be Pakistani-American, and a Muslim, and when the mosque her family belongs to is vandalized, her school and friend problems are diminished as she tries to find her voice in support of her family and community. This is a well-told and accessible story that will be enjoyed by many middle grade readers.

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Aamina5
May 03, 2017

A wonderful read. I felt as if I was reading from my own childhood: An Indian relative visiting and being critical of our American lifestyle; the struggle of the letter 'haa' in arabic; some kids at sunday school ironically being a bad influence; the kids at home all stacked up in front of the TV playing video games; girls all wearing desi clothing at get-togethers; all of the amazing cooking; the vandalization of our local Islamic center and all of the support from our community, including local churches offering space to us to continue our sunday school; grade school life... This book is a great read for kids wanting a real look into an average Muslim's life in America (especially ones with desi roots)

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marthabwaters
Mar 23, 2017

This is such a necessary book at this particular moment in time -- what is excellent about it is the manner in which Khan mixes what is a pretty standard coming-of-age story about a girl finding her voice with all the cultural details of a Pakistani-American family and the experience of being Muslim in America in 2017. It's from a new imprint from S&S -- Salaam Reads -- and I hope there are many more stories like this one to come.

AL_KELSEY Mar 10, 2017

This is a fantastic diverse book for middle grades. Khan included Arabic and Urdu languages as well as Muslim practices in order to "normalize" it in a text that teens and tweens can read and see it as something that's real, that's in our country, and that is not scary. Readers can learn a lot about Pakistan culture, the languages spoken there, and the religious practices of the people. Diversity is a gift, and this book is one that really shows it!

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