By Farhana Zia
192 pages – ages 9+
Published by Peachtree Publishers on April 1, 2013
Aliya has always been shy and she doesn’t want to call attention to herself. Maybe that’s why she doesn’t wear a hijab in school or fast much during Ramadan. You see, Aliya is Muslim, but her family isn’t strict with following the Muslim rules (her mother believes that Muslim woman can still be modest without wearing a hijab). Then Marwa came to Aliya’s school. Marwa is the exact opposite of Aliya. Marwa has tons of courage, always wears a hijab, and fasts for the whole of Ramadan. Marwa has a lot of confidence in herself. Aliya has been asked to help Marwa out at school because she is new. Aliya isn’t sure how she can help Marwa, who is so confident.
This was a great multi-cultural book. I liked learning new Arabic & Muslim words that were scattered through-out the book. I like how this book talks about two things – it doesn’t matter if you fit in and how bullying effects people. Aliya and Marwa are bullied for being Muslim, and Aliya doesn’t want to stick out at school as being Muslim. Ms. Zia covers both topics wonderfully. I like how Marwa has a simple, but great, way of saying things. She could be a scholar. 🙂 I think a lot of kids can learn from this book.
I give this book 5 out of 5 book worms!
Check out Sue Morris’ review of this book over at Kidlit Reviews click – HERE!