Starred Review from Kirkus:
“Sweet and Sympathetic. Amira’s happy during Eid prayers and when greeting friends and family—until she remembers Picture Day. But maybe there’s a way she can do both? Faruqi effectively builds up the excitement to celebrate Eid and balances it with Amira’s distress at missing Picture Day—readers will see that both are important.” – Kirkus, Starred Review
Starred Review from School Library Journal:
“Deceptively simple, Faruqi’s narrative gently addresses the impact that the celebration of non-Judeo-Christian holidays has on children and choices families make to uphold traditions. A lovely addition to the collection of books about Eid that can be used all year long.” – School Library Journal, Starred Review
Ramadan is over and Amira can’t wait to celebrate Eid. Spotting the new moon, she celebrates because Eid is tomorrow and she gets to miss school to go to the mosque for the Eid prayer and brunch. But then she realizes that tomorrow is Picture Day at school. How will her class remember her if she’s not in the class picture? What will Amira do?
This is my debut Middle Grade book and I can’t wait for you to read it! Info behind the book deal going to auction is here. An interview with the illustrator Soumbal Qureshi and cover designer Molly Fehr on designing this cover is here.
Starred Review from Kirkus Reviews:
“Lyrical. Hopeful. Poignant. Faruqi’s use of free verse will captivate readers with its metaphors that emphasize feelings and details of daily life. Middle schoolers who struggle with fitting in will resonate with the story while also receiving a glimpse into the lives of a Pakistani immigrant family.” – Kirkus Reviews, Starred
Zahra often happily volunteers to help a fellow classmate who needs a little extra assistance in school. It is only when she gets picked on by two popular students for helping him, she decides to distance herself from the fellow classmate to fit in more with her popular classmates. Later, she feels regret for her actions, but it is too late. Now, she decides to take matters into her own hands…
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