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Ayesha Dean Novelette - The High School Heist

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Read how it all began in this sweet Ayesha Dean short story!

Ayesha Dean has recently started wearing hijab and on top of that is going to a new high school. She thinks this gives her more than enough reason to lie low. But when things keep going missing from the Year Eight students’ lockers, Ayesha is determined to find the culprit. Can she overcome her fears and embrace a
Expected publication: February 20th 2022 by Melby Rose Publishing
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Shifa S
Jan 15, 2022 rated it really liked it
Ahhh!!!! The Ayesha Dean series has a new MG version coming out for younger readers and I am SO HERE FOR IT!!!!!!

Genre: MG novelette
Ages: 8-12
Available: Amazon/kindle (its free on kindle FEB 10!!!!)

Screening: there is fighting between Ayesha and the bully.

Ayesha is going to a new school (which is allowing uniform changes and special exemption for her hijab and so she is already cognizant of being different) when she realizes someone stole her Indonesian class textbook. She is worried that she is
Jan 18, 2022 rated it really liked it
This is an adorable MG grade book. It’s exactly the kind of series I would have absolutely loved when I went through my Cam Jensen/Nancy Drew phase as a kid. Ayesha Dean is perfect for young Muslim readers and I really wish I had her growing up. I’m pursuing a master’s in education and I believe that Ayesha Dean is the perfect role model for children. I also loved that this story is in her earlier years.
Jan 16, 2022 rated it really liked it
If you are a long time fan of Ayesha Dean and you have been waiting for some children in your life to grow up just a little, so you can share the strong Muslim detective books with them, you are in for treat.  This book is a short novelette for middle grade readers!  It isn't a prequel detailing her personal backstory, but it does show how she got her first taste of sleuthing at age 13.  If you are new to the series: the book like all the others is Islam centered, fast paced, authentically voice ...more
Summer Amra
Jan 06, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Firstly.. look at the cover! cute young Ayesha😍

Now on to the review:
It's a short story with an engaging plot. Loving the high school vibe with best friend, teachers, friend-enemy and all sort of high school stuff. Young Ayesha is an excellent detective in the making. A fearless, vigilant and very smart young hijabi.
Despite the quick read story, I appreciate how author able to include Islamic basic element in and the description is absolute an A plus! Setting and environment totally perfect. The
Clay Kelly
Jan 20, 2022 rated it really liked it
I was a little hesitant to engage with a back-story about Ayesha. Once I know a character I like to move forward and not look back. I am so glad I did! This peek into how Ayesha began her sleuthing and navigates the world of her new school as a Muslim was completely engaging. There were moments where I wished Ayesha was a bit less polished. Her sensible mediation with nemesis would have done many a 40 year old proud, let alone a young girl... but if we suspend disbelief a bit, she is great role ...more
Jan 07, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I've been wanting to read the Ayesha Dean series for awhile now and was happy to receive an ARC to review. I loved the book! I wish we had diverse books like this when I was growing up. It is engaging, easy to read and well written. The characters are relatable. Since I haven't read the first 3 books I wasn't sure if I would feel lost. That wasn't the case at all. I didn't feel like I was missing out having started reading the series from the middle. I also had my 11 year old son read the book a ...more
Jan 07, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This is a great middle school age fast read. Even in the short amount of time, there was realistic character development, good friendships, and a wonderful little mystery to be solved! Definitely recommend for kids who might feel different in their school. The main character felt real from her fears and frustrations to her excitement and happiness.
Jan 04, 2022 rated it it was amazing
As always, the author has written an engaging and fun story about the brave Ayesha Dean.

Ayesha and her friends find themselves in mysterious circumstances surrounding a theft at their school, and it is a joy to watch them solve the mystery.

I'm looking forward to my pre-teen kids reading this story with a strong female lead!
Jan 03, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this short story. I didn't know what to expect when I started it, because I'm used to anticipating Ayesha's international travels and this one was set in a high school. Far from the exotic locations she normally visits. But it was so sweet, and somehow just made me happy. Loved it! ...more
Jan 05, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this short story! It gave me a sense of how it might be for a first time hijabi. The plot pulled me in quickly and I didn't know how everything would turn out. But that ending gave me a happy and warm feeling inside. I recommend this diverse story for all middle-graders! ...more
Jan 10, 2022 rated it it was amazing
*I received an ARC of this book.

This is 4th book I've read in the Ayesha Dean series and I can honestly say it gets better and better. Can't wait for #5!!!

In this installment we are taken back to when Ayesha was in High School (and perhaps the start of her sleuthing career) in Australia.

It's a novella which makes it perfect as prequel to the series and as a way to introduce new readers (young and old) to Ayesha Dean and her friends.

I absolutely love Ayesha. She's fun, fearless, compassionate and
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