Amina's voice

by Hena Khan

Paper Book, 2017





New York : Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2017]


"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"--

User reviews

LibraryThing member Jenica_Flores
Amina has a really hard time fitting in with other kids at school while at the same time expressing her culture like her parents want her to. Amina does not like attention and is perfectly okay with just hanging out with her friend Soojin. She gets very upset when her mosque is vandalized, but her voice in the community bring joy to other young Pakistani Americans.
I would read this book to 2nd through 5th grade and use this book to teach my students to not change themselves to fit in with a group and to always express themselves. I would also teach them to always embrace their culture and always be accepting to other people’s cultures.
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LibraryThing member foggidawn
Amina's life is full of questions: why is Emily, a former mean girl, trying to break into Amina's friend group? Can Amina find the courage to sing in her school concert despite debilitating stage fright? Will Amina's visiting Pakistani uncle disapprove of her family's American lifestyle? Will Amina's parents make her participate in the upcoming Quran recitation contest despite the aforementioned stage fright? All of this is eclipsed when the mosque Amina's family attends is horrifically vandalized. In the wake of the attack, Amina must finally find her voice.

Young readers of all backgrounds will see themselves in Amina's school and family struggles. The book does a good job of showing some elements of Muslim religious practice without seeming didactic or taking readers out of the story. I would have appreciated a glossary of some of the terms used, but most could be inferred from context. This is a lovely book that I definitely recommend.
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LibraryThing member bookwyrmm
Good story about family, friends, and faith, but a little too many story lines.
LibraryThing member HeatherLINC
"Amina's Voice" was an okay story for younger readers and gave a good insight into what it is like growing up in a Muslim family. However, I did find Amina fairly self-centred, especially when she thought her best friend was becoming friends with another girl, and there were parts where the plot was flat.

There were some good themes raised in "Amina's Voice" but they were only touched upon. A quick, easy read, but not a compelling one.… (more)
LibraryThing member howifeelaboutbooks
Read for next school year’s Battle of the Books. I love diverse voices in fiction, and especially for young readers. I’m excited about this choice because the school population closely mirrors our own, and I’m curious to see what dialogues and general understanding might come from reading this.
LibraryThing member ewyatt
Amina has a beautiful voice, but she has a hard time using it in public. Things seem to be changing in middle school, and she is worried her best friend Soo-jin is changing. Emily, a girl who had made fun of them in their past, suddenly wants to be friends. Amina is suspicious and jealous.
A lot of middle school problems of friendship and fitting in couple with interesting cultural issues about Amina's performance in Sunday School, her ability to speak Arabic, and her uncle's visit from Pakistan.
A touching quick read.
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Physical description

viii, 197 p.; 22 cm




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