Book Review: A Thousand Questions by Saadia Faruqi

Ah, these characters are going to stay with me for a while, I know it. A Thousand Questions (HarperCollins, October 2020) by Saadia Faruqi is one of those books where I so wished I could spend more time with the characters after the pages ran out. Mimi and Sakina are two seemingly very different eleven-year-old … Continue reading Book Review: A Thousand Questions by Saadia Faruqi

Book Review: All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney

All-American Muslim Girl is a 2019 YA novel by Nadine Jolie Courtney. This book was one of my random Barnes & Noble finds while perusing the shelves in the store the other day. (Don't worry; I didn't stay long and I had my Scholastic "I ❤ Reading!" mask on.) One fleeting glance at the blurb … Continue reading Book Review: All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney

Book Review: Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Does My Head Look Big in This? (2005) by Randa Abdel-Fattah is the story of sixteen-year-old Amal, a modern Palestinian-Muslim-Australian girl. Amal is hilarious, educated, beautiful and spunky, with open-minded parents and a deep commitment to her Islamic faith. The book begins when Amal decides that she wants to wear the hijab full-time. She isn't … Continue reading Book Review: Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Book Review: Sea by Heidi R. Kling

Sea by Heidi R. Kling is another of my favorite novels. Fifteen-year-old Sienna “Sea” Jones has not been herself since her mother died in a plane crash over the Indian Ocean. Suffering from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and being treated by her father, a psychologist, Sienna no longer body-boards in the ocean or engages … Continue reading Book Review: Sea by Heidi R. Kling

Book Review: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

I had a stint reading graphic novels in high school. It all started when I was eyeing the Persepolis books by Marjane Satrapi in my school library, planning on reading them as soon as I was on break, only to open them and be utterly dismayed that they were comic books. “Not comic books,” the … Continue reading Book Review: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Book Review: Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree by Tariq Ali

The first in Tariq Ali‘s Islam Quintet series, Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree is the riveting tale of a 15th century Moorish Muslim family trying to survive the Spanish Inquisition. We follow the individual stories of each family member– the parents and their children, some grown– through their personal lives. Amidst their conflicts and romances … Continue reading Book Review: Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree by Tariq Ali