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4.05  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  23 reviews
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
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 11th 2020 by Crown Books for Young Readers
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Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
Wow. This book is pretty powerful. Salma is quite the character and I give her SO much love for dealing with things the way that she did. Unfortunately this is all too real, especially in this day and age which is really sad. Dealing with Islamophobia, Salma and her family have to deal with white supremacy and hatred within their own neighborhood.

As we all know, kids are especially mean and don't really think about the repercussions of their actions. Salma being bullied in school, physically
Aj Sterkel
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I inhaled this book. It’s a “one more chapter” novel. I told myself I’d read one more chapter before bed, and then it was suddenly midnight, and I had no intention of putting the book down. Once the plot gets moving, it really takes off. You’re in for a wild ride.

The main character, Salma Bakkioui, is a fairly typical suburban teenager. She has a loving Muslim family; a shy, nerdy boyfriend; and a group of girlfriends who are always ready to party. Her life becomes more complicated when a new
Rachel Knuttel
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for a review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.

NO TRUE BELIEVERS is out on FEBRUARY 11, 2020!

Whew. This book was quite the ride! Let’s do this in list form.

Things I Loved:
- The cover - it is sooooo gorgeous and powerful! Definitely catches your attention right away.
- The blurb. It is super intriguing and it made me request this book with no prior knowledge, which I rarely do. HOWEVER, the blurb is also a big part of my critique below. Stay tuned
Rabiah Lumbard
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Rating for effort. I put three years of my soul into this baby!
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Link to my School Library Journal review:
Gary Anderson
Salma is a talented young hacker, but when Islamaphobia rears its head in her school and community, her Muslim heritage makes Salma a target, both physically and technologically. No True Believers, Rabiah York Lumbard’s debut YA novel, includes plenty of interesting high-tech intrigue and Muslim cultural references, but both of those elements self-consciously weigh down the plot of this thriller. It’s likely that some readers will relate to or learn from those aspects, but No True Believers is ...more
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*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 writing of
Stacie Ramey
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was both ripped from the headlines and completely believable. Salma is a Muslim American teen who faces Islamophobia including subtle micro-aggressions, physical and emotional attacks, and a full scale white supremacist terror plot that attempts to frame Salma. The writing is fresh, the pacing is right on. Salma, who also suffers from EDS, gives a face to chronic illness in addition to her struggles with being accepted for who she is. Salma is a believable heroine with supportive ...more
Cynthia Gaetani
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 within the text, not all
Aya Khalil
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No True Believers is an excellent book that is not only authentic, but well-written and captivating. Lumbard does a great job with the characters and Muslims can definitely relate to Salma throughout the book. I love the Arabic phrases used throughout the book, including Allahu Akbar, which is used by Muslims many times throughout the day. The usage of the phrase normalizes the word since it is often portrayed negatively in the media. Highly recommend this book!
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a taut 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 to ...more
Tylor Brand
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 lost her best
Kate Waggoner
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-read

Thank you @getunderlined and @rabiahreads for sharing an advanced copy of No True Believers with the #KidLitExchange network. This YA contemporary mystery thriller will be released on February 11, 2020. All opinions are my own.

Salma's life dramatically changes when her best friend, Mariam, moves to the U.A.E. with her family because her father's patients no longer want a Muslim chiropractor. Right after Mariam leaves, there is a terrorist bombing in nearby Washinton DC, and
Emma Apple
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 some ways than
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Leaving this one unrated, because ultimately it wasn't really my thing, but I don't want anyone to hold that against the book. I use audiobooks to experiment with genres I don't typically read, because taste change, and it's also just nice to have a sense for other genres. No True Believers is a mystery/thriller. It starts out more like a contemporary about bullying and Islamophobia, but then transitions into something more intense, roughly equivalent to, say, a Veronica Mars series ender in ...more
Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teens-fiction
I thought this book fast-paced and action packed. I liked how the characters were diverse in more ways than one. The main characters were extremely likeable. And, I really liked that Salma was a hacker. I just always think that’s super cool! I did think there were some loose ends that didn’t get tied up. I’ll mention those down below. Overall, I give this 3/5 stars because I am frustrated with the loose ends. But, this would be a PERFECT, #OwnVoices book to have in a school library.

Rylea Gause
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It’s really interesting and despite not knowing much about the subject matter I still thought it was great, and it had an excellent message. I think it could have used a glossary for some of the science and non-English words. In my copy on page 51 when Salma is arguing with her mother it says “she blanched at the F-word” but Salma never says it. This has probably already been fixed, but I wouldn’t want it to make it into the final copy. Other than these two fixes it is so so ...more
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, young-adult
This is a very topical book of Islamophopia, set in the DC suburbs. A real page-turner, and almost too realistic for my taste.
Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-mt-bookpile
At times this was difficult to read because of the realness of the reactions of the characters to the "threat" posed by Salma and Amir, and the way in which white supremacists can appear relatively normal and can act less hate-filled than they are. And those schoolmates, with the points system, was very realistic. Not just ripped from the headlines, but ripped from the national moment in which we find ourselves. The ending however, fueled by Salma's hacker skills and a too convenient twist, ...more
I enjoyed this book. It tackles a very current and important topic of Islamophobia. But it is also a book about a teen girl her culture, her family and friends. The writing is good, the story clips along with the last quarter action packed. Without spoilers I think the book was missing a bit of the Why?
But it is a quick read, that might have some thinking a bit more about culture, and who is out there.
Sahar Abdulaziz
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Islamophobia, racism, bigotry, and bullying are not some abstract phenomenon, but varying degrees of intolerance built on blind hate and ignorant fears. These behaviors are grotesquely real, terrifyingly dangerous, and for some––a daily unwelcome companion. In, No True Believers, by Rabiah York Lumbard, we get to meet the main character, Salma Bakkioui, a young Muslim high school girl with a penchant for computers and hacking. She is plunged unwittingly into a world of conspiracy and then ...more
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network and Crown Books for Young Readers for the review copy of No True Believers by Rabiah York Lumbard. All opinions are my own.

Salma Bakkioui is coping with her best friend Miriam moving to another country when the unthinkable happens. A terrorist bombing occurs close to home and as a result, Islamophobia is at an all-time high. Salma, her boyfriend, Amir, and their families find themselves the targets of microaggressions, as well as physical and emotional
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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