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Amina's Song

(Amina's Voice #2)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  506 ratings  ·  175 reviews
“For inspiring empathy in young readers, you can’t get better than this book.” —R. J. Palacio, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wonder

In the companion novel to the beloved and award-winning Amina’s Voice, Amina once again uses her voice to bridge the places, people, and communities she loves—this time across continents.

It’s the last few days of her vacation in Pak
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 9th 2021 by Salaam Reads / Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amina is back in the sequel to 'Amina's Voice' and this time the books starts while she is visiting their relatives in Pakistan. While there she realizes that it is easy to form an opinion of an entire country based on one or two news stories. She herself had been apprehensive about visiting her the home country of her parents until Baba talked through it with her. Before she returns to the states, her uncle asks her to share the good things about Pakistan with people in the US. For a 7th grader ...more
Fizah(Books tales by me)
May 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2021-read
It is the sequel to Amina's Song. I haven't read the first book but I didn't feel left out while reading the sequel. There were mild references but it totally alright to read it as a stand-alone.

Amina is visiting Pakistan in her summer vacations for the first time, she was scared to come after watching all the horrible news on the media But she has fallen in love with everything, places, family and food. She feels connected to everything yet impersonator as she can't speak proper Urdu. Her Taya
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I received a copy via the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book.*

When Amina returns home from her vacation in Pakistan, she is brimming with pride for her country and wants everyone else to know it. When she’s assigned homework where you have to choose an important figure, she chooses to represent Malala Yousafzai, but everyone can only focus on the horror that occurred. Once again, Amina must speak up to use her voice speak up, a
✨ Amina's Song by Hena Khan ✨
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Narrated by Soneela Nankani

Amina's Song is such a beautiful book. I read Amina's Voice sometime ago and I was so glad to find out that there was a sequel.

I love that this book reads well as a standalone, so people who haven't read Amina's Voice won't have a hard time getting into it.

The book covers themes and topics relating to race, religion, tradition, friendships, family, and a sense of belonging.

This book kicks off with Amina's last days of vacation to Pa
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC of this story.

I recently reread Amina's Voice in preparation for this new book coming out in March 2021, and I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed these characters. If you haven't read it yet, I suggest you do so before you pick up this one.

Amina's Song begins in Pakistan, where Amina and her family are visiting Thaya Jaan and their other relatives after he's returned home from his visit to the United States. Amina feels very connected to Pakistan, and
Shireen Hakim
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, first because Amina visits her relatives in Lahore, which I've had a wonderful time doing in the past as well! Actually my cousin from Lahore is named Amna!
Secondly I'm really happy that Amina talks about other female heroines from Pakistan besides Malala during her class presentation. I liked learning about these other cool feminists and I'm sure the middle grade readers will as well.

Thank you to my Twitter connection for the physical ARC! :)
Kim Huls
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. I was very excited to see this book as a follow up to Amina's Voice!

This story was lovely. I really enjoyed learning more about Amina and seeing her pursue her passion for singing, and facing her stage fright in many ways throughout the book.

I also loved how the beginning of the book took place in Pakistan and how Amina learned more about powerful Pakistani women throughout the story. I find Malala to be so inspirational and I
Victor The Reader
We meet Amina again, and we see her enjoying her family trip in Pakistan visiting relatives and seeing the sights. When she returns back to her second year in middle school, she is assigned to do a presentation on a historical figure and their culture but worries that no one will be interested and it puts her in another situation about her background. Lighter but just as heartfelt as her first story, Amina once again manages to find her way through her problem and find her own song. A (100%/Outs ...more
Kary H.
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to NetGalley for an e-arc of this book. This is the year for sequels that stand up to, and even surpass, the first book. Hena Khan has done it again with Amina’s Song. I loved having a chance to see Pakistan through Amina’s eyes, and the way she helped educate her classmates was perfectly depicted. The friendship with Nico was a welcome addition, and I appreciated how Khan navigated the line between friendship and romance...where others assumed romance, Amina wanted a friend. I honestly l ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jan 26, 2021 rated it liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

Amina and her family get to spend some time in Pakistan visiting her uncle Thaya Jaan (who had been unwell) and his family. While there are some things that she doesn't like (no one seems to let her speak anything but English), she loves being with her cousin Zohra and feels at home. Once she is back in the US, Amina is concerned about starting 7th grade with her friends Soojin and Emily. Her social studies teacher assigns a Wax Museum project, and Amina decides t
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids, ya
I loved Amina's Voice, but I think this book takes her story to a whole new level. There's a line where she's talking about leaving her family after a visit in Pakistan, where she's sad because she's missing all the memories they won't make together in the future, being far away from each other -- her experience really resonates with me. Hena Khan really captured that bittersweet and beautiful connection to faraway family. This is a book full of good moments -- funny, sweet, confused, growing-up ...more
Cara (Wilde Book Garden)
May 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Well, Hena Khan has me in tears again 😭❤️

What a beautiful book filled with all the complexities of love and home and the messiness of loving an imperfect place.

I adore the way Malala’s story was incorporated into the book.

And the idea of a heart needing to ache to grow bigger hit me deeply.

CW: Islamophobia, racism, references to: refugees, religious extremism, hate crime, school shootings
i liked this one more than the first which was surprising but not in a bad way! i loved the friendship between amina and nico. however i did think there was perhaps too much going on because a lot of the plot threads got relegated to the background and the only way we knew how they were progressing was when someone would mention that x or y had already happened off-page.
Lost in Book Land
Jun 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing

Hello, Hi, How are you?

I am so excited to finally be talking about Amina’s Song. I first book up this book several months ago, as the book, I would read it in between classes. I would pick it up for five minutes here and there and recently the school year ended for me but I still had about twenty pages left of this book! I really wanted to finish it because I was enjoying the story so, I decided to try and finish it one Saturday on the couch before diving back into my current read (which I belie
Fatima Zubair
Review on Amina's Song (Amina's Voice # 2) by Hena Khan

Amina's Song is the second installment in Amina's Voice series and is based partly in Pakistan and in America. Amina lives in America with her parents and her only brother but in summer vacations she visits her extended family in Pakistan where she starts loving everything about her. Her family, the streets of Lahore, Pakistani food, Pakistani traditions and literally everything. 

The book also revolves around Amina's love for music and h
Panda Incognito
This sequel to Amina's Voice begins in Pakistan, where Amina's family is visiting with her aunt, uncle, and cousins. Amina is soaking up every experience, trying to make the most of her limited time, but when she goes home, her friends don't understand how important this trip was to her. She deals with hurt because of this, and tries to navigate a more complex sense of her identity, now that she has been to her ancestral country.

This book is just as well-written and engaging as the previous
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I first met Amina a year ago, and this sequel was like catching up with an old friend! The book begins during her summer vacation visiting family in Pakistan, as Amina spends time getting to know her older cousin and exploring the city where she lives. However, Amina still occasionally feels that she doesn't completely fit in with her family there. That feeling reappears as she returns home to Glendale, WI, and starts seventh grade with her best friends Soojin and Emily. How is Amina supposed to ...more
I think the quote that wraps up this whole book for me is one that Amina thinks about both herself and the refugees that she and her family are helping.

What if your heart still lives somewhere else?

Amina has just come back from visiting cousins in Pakistan, and one thing they have asked her is to let her American friends know what Pakistan is really about. And for a while, Amina feels she is in two places at once, here in America and with her cousins in Pakistan.

What really brings it home fo
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, 2021
Thank you to Simon and Schuster and Edelweiss for the early copy of this book.

In this sequel to Amina’s Voice, Amina spends part of her summer visiting family in Pakistan connecting with relatives, exploring her parents’ homeland, and discovering a deeper appreciation for her culture and personal history. When she arrives home in the United States, Amina senses a change in herself and her world. She misses Pakistan and her family she left behind. She desperately wants to share how much her trip
R Waterfall
May 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"Maybe my heart had to ache while it grew to make room for all the people and places I love. But it was worth it. I know there are many others like me, who are trying to figure out where they belong, make sense of our complicated and wonderful world, and get other people to care."

This one did not disappoint! I loved Amina's Voice, and it was great to read more about Amina. It's so cool how she visits her family in Pakistan and wants to show others how amazing Pakistan is, and does that by a cre
Tahoora Hashmi
May 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Can I start a library for Middle-Grade students where I store all these books with all these amazing representation? LIKE PLEASEEE FUND MEEEE!😩💜


This was my 3rd book by the author and I'm so glad it didn't disappoint me. In this book, Amina visits her Taya Jaan (father's older brother) in Pakistan. She did have her doubts & fears from the portrayal of her parent's hometown in the media but what she discovers there is something very different. Turns out people with different religions in the ot
Jun 21, 2021 rated it liked it
I've read both books in this series and they just didn't do it for me like I'd hoped. This was better than the first book IMO, touching on some topics I particularly like (sharing the amazing parts of countries that get a bad reputation, blinding many people from seeing any good in them), but I wasn't in love with it. I just wasn't crazy about the characters, the dialogue and the writing overall. Plot and message? Spot on. Execution? Not the best for me. Happy to see some love for Pakistan thoug ...more
Josie Stewart
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley and Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers for providing this ARC. I didn't know that is was possible to love a sequel as much as I loved Amina's Voice. I hope many middle grade readers will have the opportunity to read this book. ...more
Rameela (Star)
Mar 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
I received this from the publisher through netgalley in exchange for a review. This does not affect my review which is unbiased and honest.

You can check out my review for Amina’s Voice HERE. This book brought up some really great discussions about ignorance in schools and communities especially when teaching about presumed third world countries. I loved seeing Amina stand up for Pakistan and try her best to educate the ignorant students and teachers about education in Pakistan and women’s rights
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
ARC provided by Edelweiss and Salaam Reads/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

More thoughts to come, but I enjoyed this so much more than the first. Excellent.
Jun 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I really love this series and hope there are more of them
Musharrat Zahin
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021-shelf, children
I loved this book. A very diverse cast, beautifully written, perfectly paced, relatable, and inspiring story. Though it is written for ages 8-12, every person will enjoy this.

Thanks, NetGalley for providing the ARC.
Gail Lynch
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am a librarian for a diverse Christian Elementary school. I will be donating Amina's Voice and Amina's Song which I won from Goodreads to my school's library. They are some of the best children's books I have read. The story is relatable to all children no matter what their background. We all have the same hopes and fears. It expressed the importance of family, friends, and community. I especially liked reading about Amina's trip to Pakistan ...more
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am a little sad that I won't be reading any more about Amina This is last of the two book series about a Pakistani American girl in junior high. In this book, her family flew to Pakistan to see her uncle's family. Amina gets to experience more Pakistani food, going to the shops and learning more Urdu. Oddly enough, I do identify with Amina at this age, I was very shy at school and did not have great friends like Amina did.

When Amina returned home, she was bursting with exciting news about her
Alex  Baugh
We first met Amina Khokar, a middle grader living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in Amina's Voice. She's a Pakistani American and even though she has perfect pitch and a beautiful singing voice, she also had crippling stage fright. With the support of family, especially her uncle Thaya Jaan visiting from Pakistan, and friends, Amina was able to ultimately perform in public.

Now, Amina and her family are spending their summer vacation visiting family in Lahore, Pakistan. Amina has fallen in love with th
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