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Amina's Voice


Author: Hena  KHAN
Publisher: Salaam Reads
Subject/Category: Gr. 4-7
Year Reviewed:: 2018
ISBN: 9781481492065
Review: Amina has just started middle school and a very unsettling segment of life. Her best friend Soojin is thinking about changing her name to be more American and seems more interested in hanging out with one of the cool girls. Her uncle visiting from Pakistan frowns on her piano playing as “un-Muslim,” and her parents sign her up for a Quran-reading contest. When the local Islamic center is vandalized, her world is further shaken. Timeless struggles of dissonant cultures, family tensions, growing up, and finding one’s voice are deftly portrayed in a tale which grants insight into Muslim beliefs, Pakistani and other national customs.

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