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Amina's Song

(Amina's Voice #2)

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  70 reviews
From beloved author Hena Khan comes the follow-up to the critically acclaimed Amina’s Voice, in which Amina finds the courage to share her love of Pakistan with her American community through speech and song.

It’s the last few days of her vacation in Pakistan, and Amina has loved every minute of her trip. The food, the shops, the time she’s spent with Thaya Jaan and her cou
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Expected publication: March 9th 2021
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Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
*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
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Kary H.
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
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, kids
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
Ms. Yingling
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
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
Josie Stewart
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Musharrat Zahin
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, 2021-shelf
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Tonja Drecker
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With tons of heart and a touch of bittersweetness, this tale illustrates the push and pull when stuck between cultures and the struggle to find balance when no one truly understands.

Amina spends time in Pakistan, visiting her relatives and soaking up the moments with them as much as she can before returning to her home in the US. Of course, she's sad to go but excited to return to her friends at home, too. Over bubbling with the joys of the trip, she tries to share it with her friends at home, b
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
Thanks to Partners NetGalley, Salaam Reads, and Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers for the digital ARC of Hena Khan’s Amina’s Song in exchange for an honest review.

Hena Khan’s Amina’s Song, the sequel to Amina’s Voice, begins in the summer after book one, when Amina and her family are visiting their relatives in Pakistan before she begins seventh grade. Amina feels braver after having mustered her courage both to recite the Quran and sing in front of a crowd, but she’s still working on fi
Ellie M
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.
This is a sequel to "Amina's Voice," but it's probably fine to read this one without having read the first.
The blurb doesn't say everything about the plot, so here goes:
The story opens during the last week of Amina Khokar's trip to Pakistan, where she spends most of her time with her older cousin, Zohra. Before she leaves, her uncle makes her promise that she will share the beauty of Pakistan with everyone at home.
When Amina returns, she finds herself deeply missing Zohra and her rela
Amina's Song is a wonderful sequel to Amina's Voice. The story starts with Amina visiting her extended family in Pakistan. We get to see her with her cousin when they barter in the market and visit a historic mosque. Arriving back home she is excited to share her experiences with her friends but they aren't very interested. As her new school year starts there are changes. Friends have different interests such as clubs, running for class offices and school dances. Amina's Mosque is involved in pr ...more
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Amina gets home from visiting her relatives in Pakistan, she finds it odd that no one pays much attention to her uncertainty over her own identity. Learning about her roots changed her and gave her a better understanding of why other people think the way they do. But how can she convince her friends and classmates to care amid the flurry of excitement over first crushes, school events, community service and all the ordinary thrills of middle school? Once again Amina turns to song to speak t ...more
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amina's Song by Hena Khan is an excellent story of a young girl that gives one hope for humanity and the future. This is the follow up from the amazing first novel, Amina's Voice.

Here we get to see Amina experience her roots in Pakistan, find herself amongst her family and their origins. She experiences self-doubt and uncertainty when presenting her family's history and their nationality/origins when she has given a presentation back at home in her school and finds that helping others opening up
Muskan Modi
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amina has spent her vacation in her homeland Pakistan, and she is mesmerized by the beauty, culture, and family she had but barely met. She is excited to discover this part of her identity, but sadly, people around her just don’t get it. How does she show the beauty of Pakistan to her friends and classmates?

The book is engaging throughout. As soon as I opened the book, I got hooked. The plot is very thoughtfully designed and so are the characters. The family members, food, discussions and opini
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this book. In the followup to Amina’s Voice, Amina is figuring out how to balance her her American identity and her Pakistani identity. She has an interesting conversation with her cousin who doesn’t want to visit America, and Amina expresses that she was scared to visit Pakistan. Both opinions were rooted in the generalizations we hear about both countries. Her dad told her that “people mostly hear and remember bad news”, which is so true. Normal everyday life and relationships ...more
Becca Streletz Kraegel
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
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing - Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

I absolutely loved this book and everything it represents. The appreciation and love Amina had for Pakistan and everything it had to offer her and most importantly how she was inspired to do a report on Malala Yousafzai even though it did not end on a positive
Amna Waqar
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had my heart. As a British Pakistani who has frequently travelled to Lahore and who in her formative years actually lived, studied and worked there, this book resonated with me immensely. From the crowded narrow lanes of Anarkali Bazaar trying to price haggle to enjoying chai with the extended family and bonding with cousins, Hena Khan captured everything beautifully. She wrote about the Lahore and the Lahoris I know. Khan highlighted the country's progressive nature, shedding its ster ...more
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This sequel to Amina's Voice begins with Amina spending part of the summer in Pakistan, getting to know her cousins there, as well as the sights and sounds of Lahore. When she returns to Wisconsin, she feels as though she has been changed by the experience and is disappointed that her friends don't really want to hear about it. Her history class is putting together a Living Wax Museum and she decides to be Malala in order to share her love of Pakistan with her classmates. While it doesn't work o ...more
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for my opinion of this book.

Amina has returned home from a life-changing trip to see her family in Pakistan. During her time there she grew closer her family and experienced the culture first hand that has shaped her family's life.

When she returns to America, she is excited for show her friends and classmates how amazing Pakistan is, but they don't quite see it at first. She is able to use a class project and a song she has written to help them see
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you NetGalley for the advanced opportunity to review this book. I loved Amina's Voice and have already been recommending the prequel to Amina's song to my students. This sequel shows the importance of finding one's cultural identity, respect, diversity, and not relying too much on negative images in the media. I do feel like the parents easily letting Amina go to the school dance was a little unrealistic, but if they insisted the older brother tag along, then I feel that would have better ...more
Julie Kirchner
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021, middle-grade
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
Kelly Knapp
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parents, Teachers, and Students
Recommended to Kelly by: Goodreads Firstreads givaways
This would make an excellent multicultural book for a class to study. Sometimes we become so wrapped up in life that we forget to empathize with others, and middle schoolers and teens are struggling with growing up and all the angst that entails. This book and its predecessor, Amina's Voice, helps to realize that immigrants have a few more problems with which to contend, especially when they are socially isolated from others of the same culture and divided by religion.

Khan has written a sensitiv
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