Yusuf Azeem Is Not a Hero

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Price
$16.99  $15.63
Publisher
Quill Tree Books
Publish Date
Pages
368
Dimensions
5.83 X 8.58 X 1.23 inches | 0.97 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780062943255

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About the Author

Saadia Faruqi is a Pakistani American author, essayist and interfaith activist. She is the author, with Laura Shovan, of A Place at the Table, a Sydney Taylor Notable Book. Her book Meet Yasmin!, the first book in an early reader series about a Pakistani-American girl, received starred reviews, and she is also author of the adult fiction book Brick Walls: Tales of Hope & Courage from Pakistan. She lives with her husband and children in Houston, Texas, where she is editor-in-chief of Blue Minaret, a magazine for Muslim art, poetry, and prose.

Reviews

A timely, emotional story full of hope and love even in the face of discrimination and prejudice.--Kirkus Reviews
Faruqi effectively probes complexities of radical activism vs. peaceful accommodation as Muslim response to prejudice, as well as the non-Muslim community's deep discomfort in stepping beyond a bystander role in defense of their neighbors.--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Yusuf Azeem Is Not A Hero will surely help spark many conversations about Islamophobia and xenophobia, as well as how much things have changed in the past 20 years. Faruqi's emotional story will resonate with older readers who lived through the events many years ago, and younger readers will gain insight on the lasting effects that the 9/11 attacks had on Americans and why they are an important part of history.--Booklist
[A] timely, hopeful middle grade novel.--Publishers Weekly
Faruqi finds engaging ways to explore how myriad tragedies of 9/11 have lodged in our memories, from uncomfortable questions in Yusuf's classroom to a conflict over the construction of a mosque... Among the novel's strengths is the hope it offers young readers, because despite the real menace from those who consider Muslim Americans "the enemy ... among us," Yusuf does have allies. They cannot solve all his problems, but they can see him as we all hope our children will be seen, for their decency, potential and hearts.--New York Times Book Review
Gripping, well-paced, and poignant, this is an essential purchase for all libraries and a must-read book of our times that raises important questions about who controls historical narratives, what it means to stand up for justice, and the legacy of an event that cannot be forgotten.--School Library Journal (starred review)