THANK YOU for your book support! My books that launched this year seemed to be well received which I’m grateful for. If you want to read more about the books, see here or scroll below to see how they did for a 2021 summary!
May/June 2021 Kids’ Indie Next List · Featured in Today Show’s AAPI Heritage Month list · A Kirkus Children’s Best Book of 2021 · A National Council of Teachers of English Notable Verse Novel · Jane Addams 2022 Children’s Book Award Finalist · 2021 Nerdie Award Winner · 2021 Muslim Bookstagram Award Winner
And if you still haven’t read my book, UNSETTLED is on sale for $5.95 on Amazon!
Amira’s Picture Day
ALA Notable Book 2022, A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of the Year, Chicago Public Library Best of 2021 Picture Books, A CSMCL Best Multicultural Children’s Book of the Year, 3 Starred Reviews from Kirkus, Publisher Weekly, and School Library Journal
I Can Help
Amazon’s Best Children’s Books of 2021 for ages 6-8,
3 Starred Reviews!
★ “An illuminating glimpse into how a young child learns to trust her instinct and be kind to others.” – Starred Review, Kirkus.
★ “I Can Help is a memorable story about the rippling and lingering effects of cruelty and the redeeming power of kindness.” Book Page Reviews, Starred
★ “The tightly written narrative could lead to discussions about handling peer pressure, dealing with ethical predicaments, and learning from one’s mistakes.” -ALA BookList Reviews, Starred
Interview with Anoosha Syed
I was so excited to welcome Anoosha Syed on this space. My favorite part of publishing is interviewing illustrators! Check out my interview with illustrator Anoosha Syed. On my blog, we discussed the BEAUTIFUL cover for GOLDEN GIRL, her artistic process, ALTERNATE covers & her favorite beauty product!
My New Book GOLDEN GIRL releases on 2-2-22
I’m so excited to share more of this book with you in February and beyond! Please click here for the virtual launch with Dr. Gayatri Sethi at Charis Books for and more information. ALTERNATE cover below in case you were curious!
“This skillfully imagined novel is immediately absorbing. Faruqi’s lilting lines have plenty to savor, but her pages turn quickly, drawing readers easily into Aafiyah’s story. In spare but carefully chosen words, Faruqi builds a complex drama. All of the relationships, from Aafiyah’s friendship with Zaina to her relationships with her parents, her grandfather and her fellow tennis players, ring with authenticity and emotion. Golden Girl cements Faruqi’s place as one of the brightest rising stars in children’s literature.” – Book Page, starred
“A story about family, friendship, change, and hope.” —Kirkus
“In Aafiyah, Faruqi creates a relatable but flawed protagonist whose road to redemption makes for an engaging, warmhearted story.” —Booklist
“Much like in her previous novel Unsettled, Faruqi’s elegantly crafted verse illuminates a Muslim family navigating and ultimately transcending domestic challenges.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“This story [has] a well-characterized, flawed heroine and a lot of heart.” —Publishers Weekly
“A relatable, real and raw account of what it is like to be a teenage Muslim girl, and it is a must-have on every bookshelf!” — Shifa Saltagi Safadi, Author of Spell it like S-A-M-A-R
“Faruqi proves herself once again a master of middle grade verse novels. Golden Girl is a phenomenal story loaded with heart and hope.” – Adrianna Cuevas, author of the Pura Belpré honor book The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez, Cuba in My Pocket, and The Ghosts of Rancho Espanto
I loved WHILE I WAS AWAY by Waka T. Brown . The humor throughout the book was hilarious and heartfelt while Waka adapts to Japanese life… Waka’s parents feel that Waka doesn’t know enough Japanese so she is sent to Japan to live with her grandmother. The book is laced with humor, but I wasn’t expecting the sadness and gut wrenching emotions that came together in the most gorgeous way. And I Love books with grandparents so naturally, I loved Obaasama.
This story will stay with me for a long time.
Sneak Peek of MILLOO’S MIND
My picture book MILLOO’S MIND (a non-fiction picture book biography based on my grandmother who fought for an education in a time when girls didn’t go to schools or college, and then became a teacher and principal opening up schools in Pakistan) releases 1/17/2023, and I can’t wait for you to see the pictures created by award winning illustrator Hoda Hadadi. I just got a sneak peek of the final art, and am blown away. Each page is like a dreamy, intricate, lush work of art filled with textures and collage. Above is a sneak peek!
Thank you so much for ALL your support so far! If you have read or ordered my books, thank you! Please do leave a kind review on Amazon or Goodreads; it really makes a difference! Launching a book can be pretty intense at times; here’s what it feels like for me to launch a book!
I wish I had more blog worthy words to share, but I don’t. And in case you think I have it together, feel free to take a peek at my messy kitchen a few days ago. I hope you stay inspired and keep on creating no matter what, messy kitchen and all!