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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  6,545 ratings  ·  1,184 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
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it
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
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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
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Fuzaila
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
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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
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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
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may ❀
Book 12 completed for #RamadanReadathon
Kaye
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:

DNF

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
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Merphy Napier
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Amina is an excellent MC with a very relevant problem. I enjoyed reading about her family and their culture, as well as seeing a glimpse into her best friend's family and culture as well. I think it's an important story that's great for the age group it's intended for.

I do feel that the last quarter of the book was far too rushed. The description of the book talks about her local Mosque being burned down but that didn't happen until the very end of the book, and as soon as it did, the book was o
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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.
TL
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
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Danielle
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."
(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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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!
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Kate (GirlReading)
4.5* A heartfelt story of family, friendship, faith and finding your voice.

TW: Islamophobia, racism, hate crime.
chloe ♡
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.
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
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Yna the Mood Reader
This was such a delightful read. I forgot how I love reading middle grade books. Full review to come.
rachel ☾
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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Dina
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
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theresa
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
cute and moving!middle grade diversity books are so important and i will ALWAYS read them.💕
Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019, bame
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
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Chelsea slytherink
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: Laura (bbliophile)
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
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Michelle Glatt
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
An own voices story about a middle schooler's ups and downs with friendships and her nervousness about sharing her beautiful voice with others. It's also about growing up Muslim in America and the community's devestation and perseverance after vandalism and arson at a mosque.
Zaz
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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Bookishrealm
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
Shirin
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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Hazel (Stay Bookish)
This is such an important MG book! It's effortlessly diverse and incredibly heartfelt.
far
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Such a lovely little book I honestly wish 7 year old me had the chance to read this because it would have been to nice to feel seen and be able to relate to the protagonist at that age
Bárbara
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a short book, yet such a sweet, moving story!

In a simplistic way, the title refers to Amina's journey to conquer her fear of speaking/singing in public. But once you delve deeper into the story, once you get a glimpse on specific situations Amina has to go through, it becomes clear that it also envelops Amina finding her courage to stand for and by herself, to speak her mind and to take responsibility for her actions- something that at some point, we all have to learn as we grow up
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Najwa (najreads)
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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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Hena Khan is the award-winning author of the middle grade novels AMINA’S VOICE, MORE TO THE STORY, and the ZAYD SALEEM: CHASING THE DREAM series, and picture books GOLDEN DOMES AND SILVER LANTERNS, CRESCENT MOONS AND POINTED MINARETS, NIGHT OF THE MOON, and UNDER MY HIJAB. She wrote IT'S RAMADAN, CURIOUS GEORGE and the WORST CASE SCENARIO ULTIMATE ADVENTURE MARS and AMAZON books.

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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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