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Farah Rocks Fifth Grade

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Farah and her best friend, Allie Liu, are getting excited to turn in their applications to the Magnet Academy, where they both hope to attend sixth grade. But when new girl Dana Denver shows up, Farah's world is turned upside down. As Dana starts bullying Farah's little brother, Samir, Farah begins to second-guess her choice to leave him behind at Harbortown ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published January 1st 2020 by Stone Arch Books
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Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shaye Miller
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Holy Hummus!! This was a great middle grade story centering around bullying and (lack of) communication with adults. Farah Hajjar (which is Arabic for rocks) is a brilliant 5th grader, very hopeful to be accepted to a local magnet school with her best friend, Allie. However, she’s also fiercely protective of her little brother, Samir. So when the new bus bully begins poking fun at both her and Samir, Farah decides to overhaul her life plans to make sure she’ll be at the same school next year — ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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A beautiful story about a fierce Palestinian American girl, with lots of love for school, her friends, and her family as she navigates 5th grade. I saw a LOT of myself in this one. Thank you, Susan!
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really loved FARAH ROCKS FIFTH GRADE! Farah is an endearing character: she loves her family, takes good care of her little brother, loves to learn, and stands up for what is right. In this story, which I hope is the first of more books about Farah, she is struggling with a bully - the worst kind, because this bully knows how to play innocent with adults. When the new kid on the bus targets Farah’s little brother, and the adults she tries to talk to don’t listen, Farah takes matters into her ...more
Amy Hodges
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Farah is a very bright and caring fifth grader who is excited to leave behind her current school and go to Magnet Academy with her best friend. When the new girl Dana begins to bully Farah's little brother Samir, Farah begins to wonder if leaving her current school behind is the best idea. Going to a new school would mean leaving Samir behind and she is worried he will continue to be bullied without anyone looking out for him. Farah creates a plan that involves lying to her family, teachers and ...more
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Farah Rocks Fifth Grade by Susan Muaddi Darraj was a superb read. It's so appropriate for young readers. My daughter is in 5th grade and she loved it; however, her 3rd-grade sister also liked it. This story teaches why telling the truth is important and that family and friends can help you with any challenges if you just let them. It's right on message with the current climate of the challenges faced by youngsters today.

Farah and her best friend, Allie Liu, are getting
Stacey DeCotis (Reading in the Middle Grades)
Farrah loves learning and is working really hard to get into her dream school - Magnet Academy for Math & Science with her best friend Allie. One day a new girl steps on her bus and starts to say mean things to Farrah's little brother Samir. Samir was born 3 month early and has had challenges his whole life. The new girl makes comments on the bus but also during lunch as she watches Samir and his classmates play outside. Farrah tries to find adult help, but no one listens. She takes matters ...more
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Farah Rocks Fifth Grade by Susan Muaddi Darraj is a cute story with enjoyable characters. I liked the addition of the illustrations. What was great about the book was the information about the different cultures, which is important for children to be exposed to and learn.

Farah Rocks Fifth Grade is a very story-driven, character-rich book about family and friends that touches the heart. I especially loved the addition of the glossary and the glossary of Arabic terms. I also will try the hummus
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Story of a very bright fifth grader who deals with bullying and adults who do not listen and tries to take care of the situation by herself. Talks very pointedly at the adults in children's lives who appear to show favoritism and the reasons students might bully one another. Also addresses the importance of family and remaining true to yourself. Great perspective of a student who does not struggle academically and provides insight into another culture.
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Susan Muaddi Darraj won the 2016 American Book Award for her novel-in-stories, A Curious Land: Stories from Home.

Her previous short story collection, The Inheritance of Exile, was honored by the U.S. State Department’s Arabic Book Program.

She was named a 2016 USA Ford Fellow, and she has received awards for her writing from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Greater Baltimore Cultural