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Amina's Voice av Hena Khan
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Amina's Voice (utgåvan 2018)

av Hena Khan (Författare)

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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"--
Medlem:MsPDenton
Titel:Amina's Voice
Författare:Hena Khan (Författare)
Info:Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2018), Edition: Reprint, 208 pages
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From Kirkus Reviews, "A Pakistani-American girl starting middle school learns how to cope with the changes and challenges she faces at home, at school, and within her close-knit Muslim community.

True to her parents’ endearment for her, geeta (“song” in Urdu), Amina loves to sing. But unlike the contestants on her favorite reality TV show The Voice, Amina shuns the spotlight—she’s a bundle of nerves in front of an audience! She’s happy living her life as usual, hanging out with her best friend, Korean-American Soojin, playing the piano, and attending Sunday school at the Islamic Center. Except that life isn’t “as usual” anymore. In fact, everything is changing, and changing fast. Soojin wants an “American” name to go with her new citizenship status, and even worse, Soojin starts getting chummy with their elementary school nemesis, a white girl named Emily, leaving a jealous Amina fuming. Then, her visiting uncle voices his disapproval of her piano-playing, saying it’s forbidden in Islam. Finally, when the Islamic Center is vandalized, Amina feels like the whole world as she knows it is crumbling around her. With the help and support of the larger community, the Islamic Center is slowly rebuilt, and Amina comes to terms with her identity and culture, finding strength in her own voice. Khan deftly—and subtly—weaves aspects of Pakistani and Muslim culture into her story, allowing readers to unconsciously absorb details and develop understanding and compassion for another culture and faith. Amina’s middle school woes and the universal themes running through the book transcend culture, race, and religion." https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/hena-khan/aminas-voice/
  CDJLibrary | Nov 29, 2020 |
A sweet story about a Muslim teenager growing up in America. She is experiencing lots of different things at the same time-- a big group project, best friend drama, her uncle visiting the US, and even a horrific hate crime (so read with caution if that's a trigger for you). A great read for middle school aged readers, and anyone who wants some diversity in their library. ( )
  allysonpuri | Nov 28, 2020 |
Good story about a Pakistani American during her first year of middle school. Amina was best friends with Soo-Jin who was to become a citizen this year. There are the concerns of jealousy,acceptance and trying to meet her parents approval. But there are lessons from the Quran, from her visting Uncle from Pakistan, some Urdu and the value of music. Also, the sense of community not only from the mosque members but from the schools she attended and the outside faith community.

I received this Advance Reading Copy from the publishers as a win from the FirstReads contest. My thoughts and feelings in this review are entirely my own.. ( )
  Carolee888 | Nov 19, 2020 |
Pakistani-American Amina and Korean-American Soojin have been best friends for years, but when they start middle school, Soojin begins to become friends with Emily, who made fun of them before, and talks about changing her name to Susan after her family's upcoming citizenship ceremony. Amina worries about losing her best friend, participating in her mosque's Quran recitation competition, and her uncle's upcoming three-month visit from Pakistan. When the mosque is burned and vandalized, Amina and her family are shocked, but the broader community rallies around them in a display of beautiful interfaith cooperation, and Amina becomes brave enough to perform her recitation - as well as sing in her school's winter chorale concert.

See also: A Place at the Table; American As Paneer Pie

Quotes

I want to explain to my father that it would be completely embarrassing to be the only kid tagging along with her parents at back-to-school night. But he would just say, in the Urdu accent he hasn't lost after living in the Milwaukee area for twenty years, "Embarrassing? I don't understand this embarrassing. What do you care what people think?" (15)

Three months is an awfully long time to have a guest live in our house, especially someone who is never wrong. Plus, it's going to seem like a whole lot longer if we all have to pretend to be perfect the entire time. (26)

"If Soojin is truly your best friend, she'll forgive you. You'll just have to wait and see. And you have to trust that just because she makes new friends doesn't mean she stops caring about you." (Mama, 142)

"What kind of person would want to destroy a place where people gather to pray and learn?" (Amina's brother Mustafa, 162)

The heaviness that has settled around my heart is getting to the point where it is slowly being crushed. I'm afraid I will never feel normal again. (163) ( )
  JennyArch | Nov 8, 2020 |
This book sheds light on how hate crimes affect children. It handles racism, as well as the hate crimes that come with racism. Amina is the main character who has a beautiful voice, but is afraid to use it in public. She is going through the same trouble as any middle school girl her age with fitting in. The only difference is that she is from a different culture, so that plays a major factor in how she will get along with others. ( )
  MeganAlise24 | Apr 6, 2020 |
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