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More to the Story

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  16 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
Expected publication: September 3rd 2019 by Salaam Reads / Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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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
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, mg, muslimshelfspace
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
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
Ms. Yingling
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

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
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
A retelling of Little Women starring four Muslim sisters. Dad has to take a job in another country and little sister gets cancer. The family has to find a way to work through all the difficulties they are having. Jameela is a budding journalist and wants to make her dad proud while he is away. The family is supported by a wonderful group of family and friends. We also meet Ali whose father has died so he was sent to live with aunt and uncle in America. He becomes part of the family as well even ...more
Jennifer Hill
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it

"In a matter of weeks, Baba got a new job and moved across the world, Bisma got sick and has to be in the hospital, and I messed up everything with Ali and the paper. How did my whole life get turned upside down so quickly?"

Jameela is in 7th grade and has been selected to be a features editor for her school newspaper. She is so privileged and honored and hopes to be the editor in Chief next year. She has 3 sisters: Maryam, the oldest, Bisma, the third, and Aleeza, the baby. Jam has two best frie
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an electronic ARC from Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing through NetGalley.
Modernized retelling of Little Women with fresh characters and modernized setting. Four Muslim sisters cope with a variety of family issues.
The father has to take a job out of the country.
One sister (Bisma) is diagnosed with cancer.
The youngest sister (Aleeza) is a rather spoiled artist.
The oldest sister (Maryam) is practically perfect.
The main character (Jameela) is a budding journalist who struggles wi
Hira Chaudhary
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

This might very well have been the cutest thing I have ever read in my entire life. I really loved the idea of a middle grade Muslim retelling of Little Women, and the Mirza sisters were all so adorable and perfect and I loved all of them to no end.

Jameela was a really great protagonist and I really enjoyed her voice. I loved her passion for journalism and the lessons she learned along the way in this book. I
Angie  Moore
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book! It is about four sisters, their relationship with each other, growing up, middle school, illness, friends, and more. I was immediately sucked into their world and felt right at home. It reminded me so much of my sisters and myself, and also of one of my most favorite books about sisters, Little Women. When I got to the end and read the author's note, I was delighted to see that it was one of her favorites as well. I cannot wait to share this book with readers young a ...more
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I do not like retellings. I was apprehensive going into this book, even though I like Hena Khan as an author and diverse literature activist. While I haven’t changed my mind about retellings, she did win me over on this one. Khan managed to highlight the universality of “Little Women,” from the quintessentially American March family to the quintessentially American Mirza family. She artfully translated the story through time, and while major plot points of “Little Women” were present, it wasn’t ...more
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review copy courtesy of Edelweiss.

I loved this middle grade retelling of “Little Women” set in contemporary Georgia with American Muslim girls. The story was fun to read and compare with the original, and the updates made the story compelling. Jo is now a middle school girl reporter who gets in trouble with her Laurie for using an interview with him to write about microaggressions. Just curious if she’ll be writing a sequel since the book seemed to end without the romantic intrigue of the origin
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
More to the Story is a modern retelling of Khan's favorite novel, Little Women. The four sisters may sound a bit familiar to you-- Jameela, Bisma, Maryam, and Aleeza. I loved looking into the bright, vibrant lives of the Mirza family, the realistic portrayals of sibling love and annoyance, and the tough challenges that arise at an age already full of changes-- the biggest being Bisma's lymphoma diagnosis. Khan manages to create something fresh and relatable to middle graders of today while also ...more
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this ARC from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book, from the author of Amina's Voice, follows Jameela as she and her family navigate some challenges at home while she works at school toward her goal of becoming a journalist. I enjoyed all the characters in this story and felt that they were the strongest part of this novel, which I enjoyed.
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
SOLID 4.5 stars* I think I would have liked even just a little more! I’ll have to pick up the finished copy to make sure I got the full story but I really liked this one a lot. Full review to come.
Jul 11, 2019 added it
Sweet, modernized Little Women. Took all the spirit and best moments of the original story and placing them in a contemporary setting. I adored it and can't wait to share with students.
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review to come in August
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