Amina's Voice

Amina's Voice

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: New York : Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781481492065
Characteristics: viii, 197 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number: J KHAN, H


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Amina has never been comfortable in the spotlight. She's happy just hanging out with her best friend, Soojin. But now that she’s in middle school, everything feels different. Soojin is suddenly hanging out with one of the “cool” girls in class, and even talks about changing her name to something ... Read More »

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RomanceAddict Nov 16, 2019

Amina is a Pakistani-American kid who is worried about singing in public, her uncle's visit, and her best friend, Soojin, who seems to be becoming best friends with Emily, a girl who bullied both of them in elementary school over their names and the food they brought from home for lunch. She's also worried about her older brother, Mustafa, who has changed into a guy who slacks off on his homework and spends hours in the bathroom on his hair and personal hygiene.

Amina often feels like an outsider in her school, but her friendship with Soojin, which began because they both had names that are constantly mispronounced by others, is a constant. She loves music, talented as a singer and a pianist, but doesn't like Sunday school at her mosque because she can never pronounce the Arabic correctly.

She makes plenty of mistakes, but learns about taking responsibility, apologizing when she hurts someone (even if it's unintentional), and about the importance of loving who she is and where she comes from.

This is the first offering from Simon and Schuster's Muslim fiction imprint, Salaam Reads, and it's a solid book. It helps that the author, Hena Khan, is also Pakistani-American and Muslim, making this a good #OwnVoices pick if you're seeking out diverse reads for yourself or your kids.

Mar 01, 2019

I picked this book up because various events spurred me to make sure my kids are educated about Islam and the Muslim experience in the US, from the point of view of Muslims. Hena Khan, who is a Pakistani-American Muslim, captures this in a lovely middle grade novel with one of the strongest, most individual protagonists I've read in a long time. Amina is a gentle soul, full of talent and nervousness and a desperately youthful desire to please and do the right thing that reminded me painfully of both my niece and my own young self. Her conflicts with her friends at school are relatable but completely convincingly unique, as are her family dynamics.

I ended up rooting for basically everyone in this book to be successful and happy. I cried at the final conflict, which I won't spoil except to say that it is hard to be Muslim in America. I felt certain that everything in this book was true and none of it was exaggerated or minimized. This feeling of honesty and vulnerability is what made me love it. And the fact that I was able to read it in two hours while sitting in an armchair in direct sunlight probably also helped.

Nov 28, 2018

THIS BOOK WAS GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jul 22, 2018

I think that "Amina's Voice" is a great book and it is very well written. It is about being who you are, honouring your culture, family, and friendship. There are lots of different parts to the story and it all fits together perfectly. I found the book very inspiring and I hope I can find another book like it to read.

JCLChrisK Apr 21, 2018

A highly realistic portrayal of a middle schooler's emotional responses to life events both big and small. Changing friendship dynamics, visits from extended family members, public performance anxieties, differences in religion, language, race, and culture, and vandalism hate crimes. Shy Amina must figure out how to face it all while negotiating who she is and her place in her community.

OPL_KrisC Jan 31, 2018

I can totally relate to Amina. I never liked being in the spotlight especially when I was younger. Amina is dealing with a couple of issues that I think a lot of kids can relate to including feeling abandoned by a close friend and feeling like she might need to change in order to keep that friend. I love how Amina develops throughout this book and have to say that the ending did not disappoint.

Dec 29, 2017

A very sweet story about a middle schooler navigating friendship, family, and her place amongst it all.

samcmar Nov 14, 2017

Amina's Voice is an interesting book that focuses on friendship, culture, and speaking up against prejudice. I absolutely loved the friendship aspect of this book and I think what Amina and Soojin go through is quite genuine. Just a wonderfully sweet and clever short read!

Oct 13, 2017

Absolutely loved this! I could immediately connect to Amina and was completely captivated by the story. This MG novel by an #OwnVoices author is one not to be missed. I can't wait to read future works of the author.

Jul 16, 2017

this book explained so good . it's a bit long but very good

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