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Fans of the riveting mystery in Courtney Summers's Sadie and the themes of race and religion in Samira Ahmed's Internment will be captivated by this exploration of the intersection of Islamaphobia and white supremacy as an American Muslim teen is forced to confront hatred and hidden danger when she is framed for a terrorist act she did not commit.

Salma Bakkioui has always loved living
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by Crown Books for Young Readers
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Cynthia Gaetani
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Salma is an American Muslim teen who gets swept into a white supremacist plot. The only way out of having this pinned on her is to figuring out who is behind the dangerous plot. Salma has a clear and strong voice. She is smart and a completely American teen.
The book is tight and has plenty of twists.
It provides a good shift of the paradigm for the Y.A. reader.

One critique: A basic Arabic glossary will be a friendly addition. While most of the terms are briefly explained w
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Thindbooks
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*This arc was given to me by the author to give an honest review*
This book will change your life. A Muslim girl seeks her freedom in the U.S. when she is framed for a terrorist act.

This book is about the coming of age of Salma, the main character. She is brave and goes through many problems with this book which she solves on her own. The author put many obstacles for her to go through so that the main character will fight for her freedom and not be judged of who she is. I liked the writin
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Laury
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a taught young adult thriller centring around a Muslim teen, Salma, who gets set up for a crime she didn’t commit. This is no spoiler, you get this information in the opening pages. Like many young adult books, it is also a great read for adults. Honestly, I found it as tightly plotted as the best thrillers out there, only instead of our hero uncovering a conspiracy in which “Moozlems” are secretly plotting to destroy the free world, here a Muslim girl, with budding hacking skills, has t ...more
Tylor Brand
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book is simultaneously a bildungsroman AND a detective story starring a smart, kinda cool, young, outwardly white American Muslim girl who is coming to terms with herself as a person while also trying to stop a white supremacist terror attack.

This character, Salma, is important for several reasons. There are hundreds of millions of Muslims who defy stereotypical conceptions (from Russia, the Balkans, Africa, North Africa, China, South Asia, Southeast Asia...). Nevertheless, racially "atypic
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TMooreInc
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The title of the book is taken from a line from Rumi: “In the religion of love there are no true believers. Everyone is welcome.” The main character and the author, both American Muslims, have each clearly taken Rumi’s point to heart: the real enemy is not the Other, but the human tendency to otherize your neighbor.

Salma is a seventeen-year-old girl living in Virginia who knows what it’s like to be otherized. She has a rare chronic illness that puts people off, and she has recently l
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Emma Apple
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't generally read YA so I went into this book unsure what to expect. I was quickly captured by the characters and the story they were leading me into.

The characters feel authentic and full, they're complex and imperfect, I feel like I got to know them. The relationships feel authentic and organic as well.

The inclusion of Islam and Muslimness in this book is seamless and natural and, in my opinion, perfect for a book like this. The families we meet are perhaps more relaxed in so
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Shazia
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
SLJ sent me an advanced copy of this book for review. I will update with the link to my review once published.
Rabiah Lumbard
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Rating for effort. I put three years of my soul into this baby!
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Alexis York Lumbard aka Rabiah York Lumbard is an American Muslim children’s book writer whose debut picture book, The Conference of the Birds with illustrations by renowned artist Demi (Wisdom Tales Press, Sept. 2012), is a contemporary retelling of the classic Islamic work by the 13th century poet Farid ad-Din Attar. Her most recent picture book, The Gift of Ramadan, is a heart-centered approach ...more