Amina's Voice
Hena Khan
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Nov 14, 2018 - 09:24 AM By Hena Khan

Amina has never been comfortable in the spotlight She is happy just hanging out with her best friend, Soojin Except now that she s in middle school everything feels different Soojin is suddenly hanging out with Emily, one of the cool girls in the class, and even talking about changing her name to something American Does Amina need to start changing too Or hidAmina has never been comfortable in the spotlight She is happy just hanging out with her best friend, Soojin Except now that she s in middle school everything feels different Soojin is suddenly hanging out with Emily, one of the cool girls in the class, and even talking about changing her name to something American Does Amina need to start changing too Or hiding who she is to fit in While Amina grapples with these questions, she is devastated when her local mosque is vandalized.
  • Title: Amina's Voice
  • Author: Hena Khan
  • ISBN: 9781481492065
  • Page: 170
  • Format: Hardcover

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Hannah Greendale Nov 14, 2018 - 09:24 AM
Amina is a Pakistani-American Muslim girl who longs to find the courage to share her vocal talent with others and who struggles to remain loyal to her family’s culture and customs. Though the opening pages identify Amina’s interest in overcoming her fear of singing in front of others, her driving want fades into the background as she tackles problems concerning her best friend, Soojin. Shortly thereafter, the prospect of a visiting uncle complicates her life further, followed by parental exp [...]
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CW (Read Think Ponder) Nov 14, 2018 - 09:24 AM
Books like Amina's Voice are the reason why I started reading diverse middle-grade books. There is something so delightful and special about these books that capture the innocence, optimism, and wonder of children and their stories.It follows young Amina Khokar, a Pakistani-American girl who lives with her parents and older brother in Milkauwee. Having just started middle school, Amina begins to feel that the things around her are changing, leaving her feeling a little lost and unsure of every [...]
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Laura (bbliophile) Nov 14, 2018 - 09:24 AM
Middle Grade has always been, and will always be one of my favorite genres. The books are so pure, quite easy to get through, and always make me smile. Amina’s Voice isn’t any different.I listened to this book as an audiobook, and I finished it in 2 days. It was incredible. I usually don’t tend to love audiobooks, I’m not even sure why, but the narration was perfect and really brought the story to life.As for the story itself, it was quite amazing. Amina, our main character, has to deal [...]
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Kaye Nov 14, 2018 - 09:24 AM
Sweet, warm and reassuring - the right sort of story to start off 2017 with. There were several little moments that made me feel like I was reading about my own childhood, from Amina's sweet little prayer to be able to pronounce the "big haa" in Qu'ran classes properly (the struggle is real) to the huge suitcase of gifts from cousins Amina hasn't seen in person for years that her uncle lugs over to the United States. The discussion of Islamophobia is heartfelt and well done and echoes, almost pa [...]
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Danielle Nov 14, 2018 - 09:24 AM
"I wanted to say, 'But I do want to sing. More than anything.' But I didn't."(p.109)"After the first few measures, I forget everything for a moment and feel whole again, in spite of what happened earlier in the day. I play as if no one is listening, basking in the richness of sound."(p. 170)Amina has a wonderful singing voice, but she is a bit too shy to share it. That is, until she finds that she does want to and can express her gift, but only after feeling unsure of herself, her most important [...]
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TL Nov 14, 2018 - 09:24 AM
*This may qualify as Unpopular opinion*A sweet and heartfelt story with a great cast of diverse characters. I'm spiritual but not religious so the parts with the church felt a bit alien to me *shrugs* I did love the sense of community though and how everyone supported each other, coming together when it mattered.The food mentioned was interesting, and some of it I would to try (not much of a cook though haha) if I got the chance to.The story moves quickly and is easy to get into, but the plot at [...]
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Rashika (is tired) Nov 14, 2018 - 09:24 AM
***This review has also been posted onXpresso ReadsIt's in the title of this review post but I am going to repeat it anyway: Amina's Voice is one of the most important books published this year and has clearly not gotten the hype it deserves. It's a middle grade book and I know a lot of people shy away from reading those because reading tastes vary but please don't overlook this book. Amina's Voice is such a wonderful, heartfelt book and deserves and infinite amount of love from everybody.I sh [...]
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Shoa Khan Nov 14, 2018 - 09:24 AM
A sweet, middlegrade story of a Pakistani-American girl, Amina, who is trying to overcome her insecurities about being in the spotlight, being a good friend, and finding the right balance between her roots and the American life. This made for a nice read during Ramadan, and is especially relevant in today's times.Eid Mubarak!
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theresa 🌸🥑 Nov 14, 2018 - 09:24 AM
cute and moving!middle grade diversity books are so important and i will ALWAYS read them.💕
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rachel • typed truths Nov 14, 2018 - 09:24 AM
Amina’s Voice took me by surprise. I should never have doubted the countless glowing reviews that urged me to pick this up but I am so glad that its Choice Award nomination pushed me to finally get my hands on it. Wow. Khan has such a lush, gorgeous writing style and she brought Amina’s story to life with such skill for a debut novelist.Amina, our protagonist, had such a vibrant voice. I completely adored her and all of the secondary characters. Her relationships with her family and friends [...]
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Dina Nov 14, 2018 - 09:24 AM
One of my friends had seen this on a list of 'Must Read Diverse Audiobooks' and suggested I read it. There were parts I ADORED and really related to (the current Islamophobia situation in America, growing up Muslim in the US, trying to balance faith with life, judgmental family members, etc). I wish this kind of book had been around when I was 11 or 12. I can see it being one of my favorites if I had read it earlier in life.I would probably describe it as the middle school, lighter version of 'T [...]
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Bookishrealm Nov 14, 2018 - 09:24 AM
I thought this book was amazing. It was full of interesting aspects of the Muslim community and I'm so happy that the other took the time to actually write it and give readers some insight to what it's like to maintain being a part of your own culture and community and adapting to another. The characters were all diverse and I loved that. This is a children's book so it definitely reads quickly; however, it was phenomenal and the writing is great. If you have a child that you're trying to expose [...]
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Shirin Nov 14, 2018 - 09:24 AM
All thanks to my friend Laura!!also i couldn't hold in a cynical laugh when i heard 'no better place to be a muslim than america' lmao
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Sunny Nov 14, 2018 - 09:24 AM
I really enjoyed this middle grade novel. Amina Khokar is having a hard time adjusting to middle school's shifting friendships and she's trying to understand her more traditional uncle who is visiting from Pakistan. While she loves music, she's afraid of performing in public. Amina deals with the fear of losing her best friend, of disappointing her parents, and with the awful attack on the community's Islamic Center. I appreciated how an inter-faith effort rallied around the Muslim community in [...]
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Anna Nov 14, 2018 - 09:24 AM
A nice realistic fiction with a protagonist that I could easily relate to. Her hopes, fears and reactions to situations in the book felt similar to mine even as an adult. The resolution at the end happened a bit too quickly for me but otherwise a lovely book.
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Hazel (Stay Bookish) Nov 14, 2018 - 09:24 AM
This is such an important MG book! It's effortlessly diverse and incredibly heartfelt.
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Janani Nov 14, 2018 - 09:24 AM
First published atThe Shrinkette.I haven’t read a lot of middle-grade fiction since well before middle grade ( I was the annoying kid that thought it was only cool to read ‘above’ her reading level and no adult told me otherwise), and it’s such a delight to pick them up and read them as an adult. Hena Khan has woven such a vibrant story with these babies at the heart of it, filled with warmth and leaving you with hope.The first thing that struck me while reading this was how early in the [...]
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Neelam Nov 14, 2018 - 09:24 AM
I loved this book and couldn't put it down. Ended up reading it in one sitting in a matter of hours. I totally related to Amina from feeling like she didn't belong in school to no-one being able to pronounce her name! (I've all but given up trying to get people to say my name correctly).I loved how the topic of islamophobia was tackled especially as it's written for younger readers. I'm so glad books like this are being written and I wish i had these kind of stories when I was a kid.
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Zaz Nov 14, 2018 - 09:24 AM
A book doing well on representation and diversity, but lacking an interesting plot.Amina's life is divided in 3 parts: middle school, music and religion. When a girl starts to befriend Amina's best friend, she feels threatened. On top of that, her uncle is visiting her family, so she has to behave well, according to the Quran.I don't at all live in a religious environment so all the parts about behaving according to religious precepts or participating to the activities of the church community fe [...]
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Najwa (najreads) Nov 14, 2018 - 09:24 AM
This book was so wonderful and such a delight to read! I love it so much that i dont have words to describe how AMAZING it was. But I will try anyway.It is raw and honest and literally, Amina's voice is very pure and innocent which makes the whole book very delightful. I love the family and sibling dynamics the most. The character development of both Amina and Mustafa is so good. The build up friendship between Amina, Soojin and Emily is really sweet and just so innocently cute.Also the fact thi [...]
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Scott Fillner Nov 14, 2018 - 09:24 AM
Wonderful story! For me this was a window. I found myself stopping multiple times to learn more and connect with resources to find out about customs, beliefs, and traditions that I was unfamiliar with. This story also was a door in that it has been a great vehicle to allow me to build an even stronger relationship with a few of my students who this book would serve as more of a mirror. I read this book because many others had recommended it and now I see why. I highly recommend this book and can [...]
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Amy Nov 14, 2018 - 09:24 AM
I like what this book represents more than I liked the book itself. I exist on a steady diet of middle grade problem novels, and through that lens, this wasn't a standouts strength was in its introduction of Muslim Pakistani-American characters in a developed, sympathetic, sensitive way*review from ARC*
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Claire Nov 14, 2018 - 09:24 AM
Highly recommended for fourth-sixth grade realistic fiction readers!
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Sharon Kalman Nov 14, 2018 - 09:24 AM
Hooray for the Salaam Reads imprint. Now more than ever we need to see our communities as they really are, not as certain factions would have us see them.
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Ms. Yingling Nov 14, 2018 - 09:24 AM
ARC provided by the publisherAmina (AH min ah) lives near Milwaukee, and enjoys being with her friend Soojin. She loves to sing, but doesn't like to do so in public. Things are changing in her world-- Soojin has decided that once she and her family have become citizens, she will change her name to something that sounds less Korean, and is also friendly with Emily, the girls' former nemesis. At home, Amina's brother Mustafa is becoming an obnoxious teenager, and her father's older brother is comi [...]
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TJ Burns Nov 14, 2018 - 09:24 AM
Amina’s story combines the theme of typical pre-teen friendship politics with the theme of growing up in a multicultural environment. Amina not only has to navigate the rough waters that come along with growing up, but she must also tackle the conflicts that arise when she tries to harmonize the culture that her parents grew up in with the culture in which she is growing up in. Issues of religion, religious intolerance, hate crimes, and cultural differences, diversity, and multi-cultural aware [...]
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Lynn Nov 14, 2018 - 09:24 AM
An excellent story filled with the sorts of issues middle grade readers are most focused on - changing friendships, parental restrictions, having the courage to try new things and those first shaky steps to finding one's path. AND it also happens to have a Muslim-American character with her culture, faith and experiences worked into the story in a wonderfully natural way as just part of the story. The first of a new imprint, Salaam, from S&S and very promising.
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Lesley Burnap Nov 14, 2018 - 09:24 AM
(Audiobook) Heart-tugging MG about a middle schooler trying to navigate the changes of growing up in current day America. Amina's world is becoming more complicated than she ever thought possible-her best friend, Soojin, is spending time with a girl who used to make fun of her in elementary school, her strict uncle from Pakistan doesn't think Amina should study music, and her beloved mosque is vandalized beyond recognition. How will she find her voice among all that is happening to her and aroun [...]
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Christopher Lehman Nov 14, 2018 - 09:24 AM
Love love love this one. Amina is as complicated as a new middle schooler can be, conflicted about friendships, family, and her place amongst it all. Funny, endearing, and challenging, it's a book you and your students will love.
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Amina's Voice By Hena Khan Amina has never been comfortable in the spotlight She is happy just hanging out with her best friend, Soojin Except now that she s in middle school everything feels different Soojin is suddenly hanging out with Emily, one of the cool girls in the class, and even talking about changing her name to something American Does Amina need to start changing too Or hidAmina has never been comfortable in the spotlight She is happy just hanging out with her best friend, Soojin Except now that she s in middle school everything feels different Soojin is suddenly hanging out with Emily, one of the cool girls in the class, and even talking about changing her name to something American Does Amina need to start changing too Or hiding who she is to fit in While Amina grapples with these questions, she is devastated when her local mosque is vandalized.

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