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Length: 337 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled
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Language: English Age Level: 14 - 99
Grade Level: 9 - 12

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About the Author

S.K. Ali is a teacher based in Toronto whose writing on Muslim culture and life has appeared in the Toronto Star. Her family of Muslim scholars is consistently listed in the The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World, and her insight into Muslim culture is both personal and far-reaching. A mother of a teenage daughter herself, S.K. Ali's debut YA novel is a beautiful and nuanced story about a young woman exploring her identity through friendship, family, and faith. --This text refers to the library edition.


*"Ali pens a touching exposition of a girl's evolution from terrified victim to someone who knows she's worthy of support and is brave enough to get it. Set in a multicultural Muslim family, this book is long overdue, a delight for readers who will recognize the culture and essential for those unfamiliar with Muslim experiences. This quiet read builds to a satisfying conclusion; readers will be glad to make space in their hearts—and bookshelves—for Janna Yusuf." (Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW)

*"This timely and authentic portrayal is an indisputable purchase in the realistic fiction category."

  (School Library Journal, STARREV REVIEW)

*"Ali’s debut offers a much-needed, important perspective in Janna, whose Muslim faith is pivotal but far from the only part of her multifaceted identity. . . . For readers unfamiliar with Muslim traditions, Ali offers plenty of context clues and explanations, though she always keeps the story solidly on Janna’s struggle to maintain friendships, nurse a crush, deal with bullies and predatory people in her life, and discover her own strength in the process. A wide variety of readers will find solidarity with Janna, and not just ones who wear a hijab." (Booklist, STARRED REVIEW)

"[A] sympathetic and thoughtful study of a girl’s attempt to find her place in a complicated world." (Publishers Weekly)

"Ali brings to life a nuanced intersection of culture, identity, and independence as Janna endures the typicalities of high school and the particularities of her evolving home life alongside the insidious impingement of rape culture. Readers will cheer Janna’s eventual empowerment." (Horn Book)

"[R]eaders . . .will appreciate Janna’s finding of a way to embrace her anger, receive support, and keep her faith. " (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • File size : 4270 KB
  • Print length : 337 pages
  • Word Wise : Not Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • Page numbers source ISBN : 1481499246
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Publisher : Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (13 June 2017)
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Language: : English
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