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More to the Story

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  1,745 ratings  ·  394 reviews
From the critically acclaimed author of Amina’s Voice comes a new story inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic, Little Women, featuring four sisters from a modern American Muslim family living in Georgia.

When Jameela Mirza is picked to be feature editor of her middle school newspaper, she’s one step closer to being an award-winning journalist like her late grandfa
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Salaam Reads / Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
Read my review of this book on my blog, The Quiet Pond.

An incredibly wholesome and wonderful middle-grade story about illness, pursuing your ambitions, and family and sisterhood.

- Follows Jameela, a Pakistani Muslim girl who has to deal with some pretty tough stuff in her family while also taking on the big responsibility of being features editor at her school's newspaper.
- At its heart, this is a story about sisters and family, and how we get through tough times together and by supporting each
♛ may
Book 11 completed for #RamadanReadathon

🥺💗🥺💗🥺💗a muslim middle grade retelling of Little Women 🥺💗🥺💗🥺💗

this is so bloody precious 😭😭😭
I didn't even read the description of this one. It was just one that I decided to pick up because I love what Hena Khan did with Amina's Voice. It's one of my favorite middle grade novels. Color me shocked to find out that this is an adaptation of Little Women and it was done so well. This, of course, is no surprise because it's Hena Khan

More to the Story feels like a story done in with two major themes in mind. One that focuses on the interconnectedness of sisterhood and another that focuses on
So definitely, truly (and of course in my humble opinion), with regard to her 2019 novel More to the Story being approached and considered as a modern 21st century middle grade retelling and reimagining of Louisa May Alcott’s classic Little Wonen, author Hema Khan has in my humble opinion done a great job.

For indeed and delightfully so, Khan’s four Pakistani-American Mirza sisters, they sufficiently do textually mirror Louisa May Alcott’s four March sisters that one can without any doubt whatso
Afoma (Reading Middle Grade)
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I ADORED THIS BOOK from the very first sentence–I just knew it would be good. And I was right. More to the Story is a heartwarming, charming middle-grade novel about sisterhood, family, and following your passion. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone looking for a wholesome, riveting middle-grade book. This book would be perfect for fans of The Vanderbeeker series and Amina’s Voice. Read my full review on my blog.

Thanks to the author and Salaam Reads for an ARC of this novel.
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5* A heartfelt, wholesome read and an absolute delight from start to finish.

This was a truly wonderful, modern day Little Women retelling. The story superbly explored topics such as family, religion, race, microagressions, childhood ambition and illness in a way that was brilliantly accessible to readers, both young and old and I adored the cleverly written parallels between the two stories.

This book has the power to be as moving, impactful and memorable to young readers as the original stor
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
So wholesome and lovely. I didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did. Friendships, sisterhood, togetherness, family and love. ❤ ...more
This Muslim Little Women retelling was absolutely stunning!
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such a lovely book about four sisters in a Muslim family dealing with some difficult things! I loved the main character, Jameela, and her relationship with everyone in her family. From her over-protectiveness of Bisma, to her constant fights with her youngest sister, Aleeza. I also loved how passionate Jameela was about writing and journalism.

All the other characters were also fantastic tbh. Even though the book is fairly short, all the characters were well-developed! I especially love
Toria (Please call me Leo)
Sep 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a very good retailing of a classic book! Taking inspiration from Little Woman but still making it her own, this was as heartwarming as the original and such a sweet middle grade that had some serious moments as well with sickness and such.
Jess Penhallow
Jun 04, 2021 rated it liked it
A very sweet middle-grade retelling of Little Women. I'm glad I read it straight after the book that inspired it so I could pick out the easter eggs. This would be lovely for young readers 10-13. ...more
Aimal (The Devils We Find)
I'm writing this review far too late, but what else is new. I loved More to the Story, even as someone who doesn't read a lot of middle-grade. I did go into it expecting something light and fluffy, but it evoked such fierce emotions within me - especially because one of the main threads re: illness hit so close to home, I felt like I was re-living parts of my childhood. Khan dealt with looking at serious topics through a child's eyes brilliantly. I loved Jameela and her relationship with her fam ...more
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Although based on Louisa May Alcott's beloved Little Women, Hena Khan's juvenile fiction novel takes readers on a journey that's both new and informative. Following the antics of a close-knit American Muslim family, readers will learn about culture, customs, and holidays that give a sense of purpose and meaning to a group that is often misrepresented and misunderstand. Books can serve as windows to another culture and even create empathy. That's just what More to the Story does. Fan's of Little ...more
Abby Johnson
This heartfelt, contemporary story about four Muslim American sisters in Georgia was inspired by Little Women and is a really fun read for fans of that classic book. I loved picking out the imaginative ways that Hena Khan paid homage to Little Women in updated, realistic ways. Instead of getting upset about missing out on the theater, for example, the youngest sister feels it's unfair that her sisters get phones and she doesn't have one yet.

Hand this to fans of family stories that center around
Ms. Yingling
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Jameela is pleased that she has been named the features editor of her school paper, even though she is in 7th grade, and doesn't get along well with Travis, an 8th grader who is editor. Her grandfather was an investigative reported, and she wants to follow in his footsteps. She wants to make her father proud, and stand out from her three sisters a bit. Things are a bit rough in her household since her father lost his latest contract job with the Center for Disease
Richelle Robinson
*I received a review copy from Amazon Vine and voluntarily provided an honest review. This does not affect the opinion of the book or the content of the review.*

This was a nice story but I had a hard time getting fully invested. It centers around four sisters but I would have liked to have points of views from all of them and not just Jameela. This story deals with serious topics such as illness and racism. Overall it was a nice read but it didn't blow me away.

Dee Dee G
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great story with an ending I didn’t see coming.
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
this is such a beautiful story. i'm crying 😭💗 ...more
A very sweet retelling of Little Women from the perspective of an American-Pakistani family living in Georgia in modern day - we follow Jameela as she has to deal with some changes in ehr life including her father's long distance job, and a new kid called Ali. She also needs to deal with everything that comes with having 3 sisters - Maryam, Aleeza and Bisma, while vying to become the next editor-in-chief of her school newspaper.

This was just a lovely book that I definitely enjoyed for the short
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, 2021
This was a very sweet modern day middle grade reimagining of Little Women starring a Pakistani American family. It was fun to be able to recognize certain parts of the original story and see how Hena Khan reworked them to fit her narrative. I think the story strikes a good balance of lighthearted sister moments and some more serious moments dealing with sickness or microaggressions. I do wish that Jameela wasn’t the only POV character and that we could’ve read from the other sisters as well. But ...more
Jennifer Yanos
Aug 23, 2022 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely book that explores the strength and challenges of family. I love how real the characters are and felt like I understood them well. I enjoyed the connection to Little Women and feel that this book does a good job of retelling the story in a modern setting. Excellent read for middle school.
Laura Gardner
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just loved this early #mglit modern day take on Little Women featuring a Muslim American family by @henakhanbooks 5/5; Thanks to the publisher for this free review copy! @salaamreads

Here's my short review: wonderful book that explores the bonds of sisterhood, the importance of ethics in journalism, and identity. Jameela is headstrong just like her forbear Jo March and watching her discover how to channel her anger in the right ways is such a delight. I'm grateful that young Bisma's illness i
Nicole M. Hewitt
This modern Muslim retelling of Little Women is a perfect MG read! I’ll confess that I’ve never read the original, so I can’t make any comparisons, but I can attest to the fact that this was a wonderful read, even without knowing the details of the story it retells. Jameela is a bright young girl whose greatest desire is to be a writer one day and make her father proud. But when her father has to go out of the country on business and her beloved little sister gets sick, Jameela’s life is turned ...more
Monica Fumarolo
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved this modern retelling of Little Women, this time centering on a quartet of Pakistani-American sisters growing up in Georgia (the state, not the country). Given the way it was described in a few review journals, I wasn’t sure if this was going to read too young for my middle school students, but I was over the moon to discover this is one of those rare novels in which the characters ARE in middle school and it reads at that level! This will be joining my school library’s collec ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Jameela Mirza has a lot on her plate: her dad has taken a job on the other side of the world, her sister has taken ill, and Jameela is having trouble writing an article for her school paper that has personal meaning. More to the Story is a great tale of four sisters who squabble and fuss but, unexpectedly, who grow closer after facing difficulties together. It's a story full of both the remarkable elements of Pakistani-American culture as well as the common elements of life as an early teen.

I l
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a devoted LITTLE WOMEN fan, I've been excited about this one ever since it was announced! It was a sweet and very satisfying update to the story. It was fun to see the subtle nods Hena Khan included to the original, but Jameela and her sisters stand beautifully on their own feet, as well, and I think this book could be enjoyed by kids who aren't familiar with the source material as well as those who are. ...more
Mary Lee
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Pakistani-American take on LITTLE WOMEN. A wonderful window/mirror book.
Alex  Baugh
**May Contain Spoilers**
This re-imagining of Louisa May Alcott's 1868/69 novel Little Women has been wonderfully updated for today's readers. It is still the story of the four sisters and their parents, the Mirza family of Pakistani Americans Muslims, no longer living in 19th century New England, but in present day Atlanta, Georgia. And hurray, Laurie isn't gone either, he is now a British Pakistani boy named Ali, 14, sent to the US from London by his mother, who hopes to soon follow him to Atla
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-read
I grew up reading and re-reading Little Women, re-watching the 1996 Winona Ryder version of the movie regularly. I have a soft spot for that sisterly story, but I haven't really wanted to re-read the book as an adult because I don't think it would hold up to the reading experience I remember. This, though, was the perfect way to revisit the story without marring the memories.

Khan writes a lovely contemporary middle-grade retelling, featuring a new generation of sisters navigating new concerns, a
Kath Quiambao Lau
Jameela wants to be an award-winning journalist just like her grandfather so she’s very excited when she has chosen as the feature editor of her school newspaper. But her excitement is cut short when she finds out that her father needs to work overseas for six months and one of her younger sisters is diagnosed with lymphoma.

Can we please take a moment to appreciate how incredible the book cover is? It’s definitely one of my favorites. More to the Story is inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s Little W
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