Amina's Voice

Amina's Voice

Book - 2017
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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"--
Publisher: New York : Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2017
ISBN: 9781481492065
Branch Call Number: J FIC KHA
Characteristics: viii, 197 p. ;,22 cm

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JCLChrisK Apr 21, 2018

A highly realistic portrayal of a middle schooler's emotional responses to life events both big and small. Changing friendship dynamics, visits from extended family members, public performance anxieties, differences in religion, language, race, and culture, and vandalism hate crimes. Shy Amina must figure out how to face it all while negotiating who she is and her place in her community.

OPL_KrisC Jan 31, 2018

I can totally relate to Amina. I never liked being in the spotlight especially when I was younger. Amina is dealing with a couple of issues that I think a lot of kids can relate to including feeling abandoned by a close friend and feeling like she might need to change in order to keep that friend. I love how Amina develops throughout this book and have to say that the ending did not disappoint.

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mjcarlson73
Dec 29, 2017

A very sweet story about a middle schooler navigating friendship, family, and her place amongst it all.

samcmar Nov 14, 2017

Amina's Voice is an interesting book that focuses on friendship, culture, and speaking up against prejudice. I absolutely loved the friendship aspect of this book and I think what Amina and Soojin go through is quite genuine. Just a wonderfully sweet and clever short read!

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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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Aveenpotter
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.

ArapahoeMary 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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martha_w
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.

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