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Obres de Reem Faruqi

Amira's Picture Day (2021) 78 exemplars
Unsettled (2021) 76 exemplars
Golden Girl (2022) 37 exemplars
I Can Help (2021) 35 exemplars
Anisa's International Day (2022) 20 exemplars
Call Me Adnan (2023) 13 exemplars
The Perfect Pet 3 exemplars

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Lovely illustrations accompany this biography of Maryam Faruqi, a trailblazer for women’s education in Pakistan.
 
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sloth852 | Mar 18, 2024 |
Representation: Asian characters
Trigger warnings: Hospitalisation and death of a brother and a child in a body of water, grief and loss depiction
Score: Seven points out of ten.
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Someone recommended Call Me Adnan to me but I thought no library had it. That is until I discovered an eBook, not physical, edition of Call Me Adnan, so I picked it up. When I read and finished Call Me Adnan, it was enjoyable but a heavy read, and I felt the story borrowed elements from others whilst remaining original.

It starts with the titular character, Adnan, living with his family, and most importantly, his younger brother, Rizwan (he plays a role later on.) It turns out that he trained himself to be a professional at table tennis according to the book, and now he and his family will go to Florida for the Ultimate Table Tennis Championship. The author dedicates part one to Adnan's run in the tournament, eventually reaching the finals before losing to another sportsperson, finishing as a runner-up. Did I mention Adnan is colourblind and does not prefer to lose?

Part two revolves around Adnan and his relatives celebrating until the worst happens--Rizwan dies. Adnan detailed that Rizwan wore floats in the water, making the latter think he could swim. But he couldn't. I knew something tragic would happen according to the blurb, but I didn't expect that event to catch me by surprise. Call Me Adnan got heavier from there as Adnan and others process what happened and weather through the storm of grief. I liked Adnan as a character and the other people, which made it hurt more when one person died. The poetry is also remarkable as it is never too repetitive or unimaginative. Parts three and four concern the later stages of grief, as Adnan recovers and moves on from Rizwan's death. Adnan has a new sister now, Nusaybah. The conclusion is about Adnan's family learning from the mistakes that killed Rizwan so that a similar incident will never happen again. What a story.

To summarise, Call Me Adnan is a novel in verse that initially sounded promising, but this time the author's latest fictional composition fulfilled my expectations.
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Law_Books600 | Feb 25, 2024 |
This COMING-OF-AGE, MIDDLE GRADE novel in VERSE is about Aafiyah Qamar, a Pakistani American girl who comes from a well to do family, loves playing tennis, reading weird but true facts and hanging out with her best friend, Zaina.

Unfortunately for her, Aafiyah is also drawn to pretty things and she cannot help but occasionally “borrow” them. In a turn of events, her father is accused and arrested for a crime that he did not commit.

What follows is the journey of a teenager forced into unforeseen circumstances, trying to find a way to put her family together again. What she has to discover still, is that doing what’s right isn’t always easy.

This is a very well written middle-grade verse dealing beautifully with complex emotions that a teen goes through when forced into such situations. What I absolutely loved is the authors take on kleptomania, especially the delicate nature with which its presented.

The author also managed to refrain from any clichés that are usually found in abundances in stories with south-east Asian backgrounds. This is a good book that you might finish in just one sitting and will not disappoint with its representation and quality.
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AnrMarri | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Aug 1, 2023 |
Aafiyah plays tennis, hangs out with her best friend Zaina, and collects Weird but True! facts. Unfortunately, she's also drawn to taking things that don't belong to her, such as Zaina's lip gloss, an eyeshadow compact, her teacher's rainbow prism. As Aafiyah says, "I like the feeling of something new in my hands that's not mine," although she does feel guilt each time she steals something. When Aafiyah's father is falsely detained in Dubai, Aafiyah considers turning to her bad habit to help get her father a lawyer. A perceptive and mindful portrayal of a problematic behavior and its consequences. Backmatter includes glossary of Pakistani and Muslim words.… (més)
 
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Salsabrarian | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Jul 1, 2023 |

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Obres
10
Membres
533
Popularitat
#46,708
Valoració
4.1
Ressenyes
46
ISBN
38
Llengües
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