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From Somalia with Love

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  249 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
My name is Safia Dirie. My family has always been my mum, Hoyo, and my two older brothers, Ahmed and Abdullahi. I don't really remember Somalia - I'm an East London girl, through and through. But now Abo, my father, is coming from Somalia to live with us, after 12 long years. How am I going to cope? Safia knows that there will be changes ahead but nothing has prepared her ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Frances Lincoln Children's Bks (first published December 28th 2008)
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Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ed-310
I think everyone can relate to Safia in this story. She deals with friend and family struggles, she starts to somewhat question her Muslim practices, and she lives the life of a normal teen.

After reading this, I have a new respect for Islam religion and Somali culture. They almost seemed to intertwine and it was hard to differentiate, but reading about Safia's life and hardships helped to relate to her and other Muslims. Their prayer rituals really intrigued me, and I like hearing about her vie
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
Oct 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, poc-authors
Awhile back, I read a few reviews of From Somalia, With Love and thought 'that sounds like a book I'd like to read' and promptly forgot about it. So I was absolutely thrilled earlier this year when Frances Lincoln offered to send me copies of both this and Na'ima B. Robert's latest book Boy vs Girl.

From Somalia, With Love is a really gentle and lovely story of a girl who's trying to find her place in the world. Safia left Somalia when she was very young and remembers little about it. Home is in
W.B. Abdullah
Aug 20, 2010 rated it liked it
I'm kind of disappointed with this book, but I think, maybe I would have enjoyed it more when I was 16 and grappling with the same issues. It is, after all, a young adult book. That being said, it's refreshing as an Islamic alternative to the usual teenage chick-lit in secular stores. It's a good pick for mothers looking to teach their hormone-charged half-children half-women to have pride in their faith. It's a solid book for Muslim youth grappling with identity (and boy!) issues. Safia is a ve ...more
the premise is so great: safia escaped war torn somalia with her mother and two older brothers before she was old enough to have memories. her father was thought dead. safia is 14 when her family learns that abo is alive and coming to join them in east london.

unfortunately, the characters are one-dimensional stereotypes and the writing is dreadful. the characters are punished bitterly by life every time they disobey their parents or push the rules; muslims are taunted on the street for wearing h
Sep 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
Genre: Realistic Fiction

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Grade 6 Up–Safia has grown up believing her father died in the fighting in Somalia. When she finds out that he is alive and on his way to London to join the family, she is apprehensive about the difference his presence will make in her life. Though she is comfortable with her identity as a Muslim, she struggles with how her values differ from those of her rebellious brother and cousin. Her father is not prepared for his family's hybrid B
Safia Darie is a 14 years old Londener. She is also an immigrant and a Somali Muslim. For 12 years, she has been living in a council estate with her mom and two brothers. Then the family receives word that Safia's father is alive and is about to reunite with them in England.

This news sends Safia into a tailspin. She worries how her father will react to the Westernized society his children are living in, how he will react to her wild brother Ahmed, and more importantly, how he will react to her.
Jul 16, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 6th grade and up
Safia Dirie is a Somali girl who barely remembers Somalia. She's lived in London most of her life, with a strong family and religious community. But the return of her father, who has been separated from the family since their escape from Somalia 12 years ago, throws much of Safia's comfortable life into confusion. Her mother embraces the subservient role of wife, her brother rebels against her father's authority, and perhaps worst of all, her father seems to crave no relationship with Safia beyo ...more
Kyle Turck
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
From Somalia with Love is a very well-written coming of age story that centers around a teenage Somalian girl named Safia who lives with her mother and siblings in London, who's world is thrown upside-down when her assumed-to-be-dead father arrives after a 12-year absence. This book takes a very common "girl growing up and finding out who she really is" story, but since it is coming from the seldom seen perspective of a Somali Muslim refugee, it gives the book some very nice added depth.

I would
An interesting peek into the daily life of a Somali Muslim teenager.

Safia has been raised in England, and lives with her mother and two older brothers. Out of the blue, she finds out that her father, who has been in Somalia, is finally coming to rejoin the family.

With the arrival of her father, the family dynamics are suddenly upside down. While Safia wants to support her mother's happiness, she feels left out and unsure of her place, especially after her favorite brother clashes with her fath
Dec 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
A girl I know from homework volunteering liked this book, so I thought I'd check it out. Safia's conflict between Somali culture and modern London culture was worth exploring, but resolved in an easy and pat way. I felt like the author was limited to 150 pages and set everything up to resolve in the quickest way possible. Maybe a series of books about a girl like Safia would work better, but I'm not sure that publishers are clamoring for books about Somalia girls (although I know a few Somali gi ...more
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Na’ima B. Robert is a published author and magazine publisher. Her books include the popular ‘From my sisters’ lips’, and teen novels, ‘From Somalia, with love’, ‘Boy vs. Girl’, the award-winning 'Far from Home' (Winner of Published Children’s Books at the Muslim Writers Awards 2011) as well as several children's books. She is founder and Editor-in-Chief of Discover, the new magazine for curious M ...more
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