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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  8,680 ratings  ·  1,504 reviews
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 more “American.” Does Amina need to start changing too? Or hid ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published March 14th 2017 by Salaam Reads / Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Hannah Greendale
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 expecta
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
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 everyth
If middle-grade fiction is your thing, don’t forget to check this book out. It is diverse - has a Muslim protagonist - and it is also one of those few books that doesn’t feature a romance and actually pulls it off.

Amina is a Pakistani-American, who lives in Milwaukee with her parents and her brother. She is a talented singer, but never got on stage after a disastrous stage-fright incident in her second grade. Her best friend Soojin’s new attitude, and a new friendly addition to their cafeteria
Reading_ Tamishly
Jun 04, 2021 rated it liked it
A feel-good middle grade story about growing up, learning life lessons and overcoming weaknesses.

It's the story about Amina who struggles with stage fright and her biggest dream is to become a great singer.
She has some unpleasant memories which made the situation worse. So she tried to remain in the shadows as much as possible when it comes to anything about any performance.

I appreciated the multicultural representation of the characters, talk about being immigrants and culture differences.

The w
may ➹
if you see me deleting old ratings and reviews on the tl... blame this book for giving me a rating crisis

// buddy read with auntie
Laura (bbliophile)
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 with qui
♛ may
Book 12 completed for #RamadanReadathon
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 ...more
Fafa's Book Corner
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Mini review:


GR Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge: Diversify Yourself.

This book was recommended to me by my dear GR friend Fuzaila! Click on her name to read her review.

I did actually hear about this book last year. For some reason I had no idea what it was about. I think it just got buried in the hype of other releases. After reading Fuzalia's review I knew I had to try it! I was happy to see that my library had a copy. Unfortunately it wasn't for me.

The first few pages were really good! I
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade-ya
"I wanted to say, 'But I do want to sing. More than anything.' But I didn't."

"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
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It helps me to listen to books like this on audio. In this case, Soneela Nankani reads Amina's story with perfect pitch and transports the reader/listener into her world. Set in Milwaukee, the book depicts a community that is ethnically inclusive. Yet, as a part of the story, a hate crime is committed against the Muslim community at their place of worship. This horrifying crime is the backdrop for cooperation among the different ethnic groups to heal and rebuild. I am looking forward to reading ...more
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really liked this one!! It was clearly written for a younger reader who does not quite know their religion yet and needs more explanation to what their God means when they say certain things in scripture. I learned a lot about people in Pakistan. Perfect for people who want diverse reads.
Apr 26, 2022 rated it really liked it
I can see why this book has such firm champions among the librarians of kid lit. This is a perfect modern middle grade, dealing with the new complexities of friendships and family relationships when middle school comes along and shakes things up. It also deals with politics, lightly, and a hate crime, but it does it in a way that is perfect for the young middle grade reader. I love shy Amina, and I really felt for her with her stage fright and her uncertainty in navigating the changes to her wor ...more
Shoa Khan

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!
Yna from Books and Boybands
Because even though I don’t know why, something about Soojin wanting to drop her name makes me worry that I might be next.

This was such a delightful read. I forgot how I love reading middle grade books. Full review to come.
Sep 09, 2017 rated it liked it
*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
4.5* A heartfelt story of family, friendship, faith and finding your voice.

TW: Islamophobia, racism, hate crime.
chloe yeung ♡
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
this was adorable and heartwarming and put a huge smile on my face :) diverse middle grade books like this one are the absolute best and never fail to make me happy.
Shaye Miller
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: music, diversity
I read Amina's Voice over the last week in preparation of second book in the series, Amina's Song. In this sweet first book, readers get an opportunity to meet a Pakistani-American girl named Amina Khokar and gain an understanding of what her life is like growing up Muslim in the United States. While it's obvious that Amina has a beautiful voice and is talented as a pianist, she's terribly shy and gets nervous about performing in front of anyone. She faces the normal trials of middle school, inc ...more
Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted on Xpresso Reads

It'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
Jun 13, 2021 rated it it was ok
I have been noticing the hype about this book for a while.So, I decided to read it.
I have mixed feelings about this book.I will start with the good things-
• Interfaith Harmony
• Neat writing
• Presentation of Deshi(American-Pakistani) family
• Gorgeous cover
Now I will talk about the things I didn’t like-
• The plot(I couldn’t associate myself with the plot and didn’t get that urge to continue reading)
• Though this book has a beautiful message, this book is better suited for Middle school students
rachel ☾
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 Goodreads 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 fr
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Alice-Elizabeth (Prolific Reader Alice)
Star rating: 4.5 stars

This book was so close to being a 5 star read. A middle-grade novel that was both emotional but beautifully written. Amina is a young Pakistani-American Muslim girl who goes to middle school and leaves with her family. They all attend the local mosque. Amina is a talented but very shy singer. She loves The Voice (I do too!) But is sad when her best friend suddenly decides to hang out with another girl. After this, the local mosque gets targeted and many items end up destroy
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 ...more
Chelsea slytherink
If you are looking for a fast-paced diverse read, I'd absolutely recommend Amina's Voice! This is a middle grade novel about a Pakistani-American girl named Amina (#OwnVoices representation) and her life in middle school and Sunday School at her local mosque.

I read this book in a handful of hours, so it's a very short read. On the one hand that made me even more excited to pick it up, but on the other it prevented the book from being more fleshed-out. That's probably to be expected from a book
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
cute and moving!middle grade diversity books are so important and i will ALWAYS read them.💕
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
Fizah(Books tales by me)
Jan 10, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2022
Amina is a Pakistani-American girl who is shy and likes to live in her comfort zone. Middle school is starting and her best friend is changing which bothers her. Her uncle, from Pakistan, is planning to visit them and her father respects him a lot. He doesn't want his brother to judge his children based on different cultural and religious views. All of these changes are scaring her plus her friends are motivating her to sing in public. Amina is a good but shy singer and unable to muster the cour ...more
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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“But later that night, as I brush my teeth in the bathroom, I overhear Baba and Thaya Jaan talking in the guest room next door. “

All this music all the time. You shouldn’t let Amina do so much singing and piano,” Thaya Jaan says.

I stop brushing and strain to hear every word, trying to follow.

“But, Bhai Jaan, she is so talented. Her music teachers say she is really quite gifted.”

“Yes, but music is forbidden in Islam. It’s a waste of time and has no benefit. Instead of filling her head with music, she should focus on memorizing Quran.”

The toothpaste suddenly tastes bitter. I spit it out and wait to hear what Baba will say. Surely he’ll say the things he’s always told me, like how music makes him feel closer to God and that my talent is a gift from Allah.

But all Baba says is, “Yes, Bhai Jaan,” and then he stays quiet.

I am numb. Is Thaya Jaan right? Am I doing something wrong?
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