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The Holy Month of Fasting
By (author): Ausma Zehanat Khan
9781459811812 Hardcover, Paper over boards, Printed dust jacket English Juvenile: Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Religion / Islam Mar 27, 2018
$24.95 CAD
Active 7.5 x 9 x 0.56 in | 540 gr 88 pages full color images FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
Cybils Middle-Grade Nonfiction Award 2018 CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2018, Commended Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2019, Commended Bank Street College of Education Best Books of the Year 2018, Commended Children's Literature Roundtable Information Book Award 2019, Short-listed Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award 2021, Short-listed
When the sun sets, break the fast.

The month of Ramadan offers the opportunity to improve one's personal and spiritual behavior. By focusing on positive thoughts and actions, Muslims build a closer connection with God and come away from the month feeling spiritually renewed. Ramadan: The Holy Month of Fasting explores the richness and diversity of the Islamic tradition by focusing on an event of great spiritual significance and beauty in the lives of Muslims. Rich with personal stories and stunning photographs, Ramadan demystifies the traditions and emphasizes the importance of diversity in a world where Islamophobia is on the rise.

Ausma Zehanat Khan is the author of the Khattak/Getty mystery series, which has been optioned for television, and the forthcoming fantasy series The Khorasan Archives. She holds a PhD in international human rights law with a specialization in military intervention and war crimes in the Balkans. A British-born Canadian, she is a former adjunct law professor and the former editor-in-chief of Muslim Girl magazine. She lives in Colorado with her husband. Ramadan: The Holy Month of Fasting is her first book for young readers. For more information, visit

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"The personal perspectives elevate this volume above an average informational book; readers, both non-Muslims and Muslims, can step into the shoes of someone from another background. Wide in scope and personal in presentation, this book is a good choice for learning about Muslims' traditions as expressed in various cultures." - Kirkus Reviews

"The book is sprinkled with many colourful photos of people praying and celebrating around the world, mosques, food and more which illustrate the joy that this holiday brings to Muslims…I would recommend Ramadan: The Holy Month of Fasting to children learning about Ramadan and the Muslim faith as well as to children who do celebrate this holiday as they will see a reflection of their lives in its pages. Recommended." - CM Magazine

"This is a comprehensive book of facts and experiences for any child who is learning about what it means to follow Islam. A solid choice for children seeking to learn more about the faith for assignments or to satisfy their own intellectual curiosity." - School Library Journal

"Ramadan provides a clear, accessible introduction to Ramadan and Islamic beliefs generally…This series has been insightfully planned and carried out: books like Khan's Ramadan make intercultural discovery and understanding fascinating and fun. I particularly like how prominent girls and women are in this text. And while the book is intended for kids, there are many adults who would benefit from reading it to dispel their misunderstandings. I emphatically recommend Ramadan: The Holy Month of Fasting to any class or community interested in reading for multicultural understanding." - Resource Links

"The handsomely designed book, full of interesting photographs, explains the significance of Ramadan within the context of Islam…The stories of several children are told, while the wide coverage of Ramadan in a number of parts of the world is a welcome addition. Throughout, Khan's personable tone brings the holiday close…This will serve both those who know little about Ramadan and those who celebrate it." - Booklist

"I highly recommend it for every school, library, and Muslim and non-Muslim home." - Muslim Reads blog

"This is an excellent introduction to the holiday of Ramadan and will work well in both school and public libraries." - School Library Connection

“A chatty, down-to-earth narrative voice; and an attractive, photo-heavy design make the volume both informative and engaging.” - The Horn Book Online

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