For fans of Other Words for Home and Front Desk, this powerful, charming own voices immigration story follows a girl who moves from Karachi, Pakistan to Peachtree City, Georgia, and must find her footing in a new world. Reem Faruqi is the ALA Notable author of award-winningLailah's Lunchbox.
"A lyrical coming of age story exploring family, immigration, and most of all belonging.” —Aisha Saeed,New York Times bestselling author ofAmal Unbound
“This empowering story will resonate with people who have struggled to both fit in and stay true to themselves.” —Veera Hiranandani, Newbery Honor author ofThe Night Diary
“A gorgeously written story, filled with warmth and depth." —Hena Khan,author ofAmina’s Voice
When her family moves from Pakistan to Peachtree City, all Nurah wants is to blend in, yet she stands out for all the wrong reasons. Nurah’s accent, floral-print kurtas, and tea-colored skin make her feel excluded, until she meets Stahr at swimming tryouts.
And in the water Nurah doesn’t want to blend in. She wants to win medals like her star athlete brother, Owais—who is going through struggles of his own in the U.S. Yet when sibling rivalry gets in the way, she makes a split-second decision of betrayal that changes their fates.
Ultimately Nurah slowly gains confidence in the form of strong swimming arms, and also gains the courage to stand up to bullies, fight for what she believes in, and find her place.
About The Author
Reem Faruqi is an award-winning author who enjoys writing lyrical stories that reflect her own experiences. Reem used to teach second grade and her favorite time was Read Aloud time. Now, her favorite time at home is reading with her daughters. Of Pakistani origin, she moved to Peachtree City, Georgia, from Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, when she was 13 years old. Reem based her first award-winning children's book "Lailah's Lunchbox" on her own experiences as a young Muslim girl immigrating to the United States. Reem has 3 books projected for 2021: UNSETTLED (HarperCollins), AMIRA'S PICTURE DAY (Holiday House), and I CAN HELP (Eerdmans). Reem Faruqi loves to doodle, write, and take photos. Check out her photoblog at www.ReemFaruqi.com! Currently, she lives with her husband and daughters in Atlanta.
Age Range: 8- 12 years Grade Level: 3 - 7 Hardcover: 352 pages Publisher: Harper Collins Language: English Author: Reem Faruqi ISBN:
978-0063044708 Dimensions: 10.29 x 0.33 x 10.27 inches