Imprint:Wendy Lamb Books
Audience:Teenage: Age (years) 12, Grade (US) 7
Dimensions:8.56in x 5.75 x 0.93 in | 0.8 lb
Page Count:256 pages
Perfect next read for fans of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, Americanized, Indivisible, Zara Houssain is Here, and Sanctuary
Award-winning author. Marina is known for her authentic and nuanced stories about immigrant and refugee teens. Watched (WLB, 2016) was an APALA Honor, a Walter Dean Myers Award Honor, and on multiple best of the year lists.
Fills the need for Pakistani representation in YA. Readers are increasingly looking for titles that center traditionally marginalized voices. Rania is Pakistani; her single mother entered the US seeking asylum.
A timely conversation starter. While the Trump administration is never specifically named, the Muslim Ban is mentioned in passing as to why this family’s case has changed. This story shows how policy decisions can deeply affect teens and their families.
★ “A triumphant tale about finding home.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ “Budhos weaves a rich tapestry of words that navigates a yearning for acceptance, love, and the unerring need for freedom.” —Booklist, starred review
“The tightly wound plot creates an underlying tension as the young characters’ situations constantly unravel.” —The Horn Book
“[A] hopeful tale with a large cast of kind-hearted characters, whose boundless compassion for Rania and Kamal, and sense of helplessness in the face of an unfair and impossible government system, is palpable.” —Publishers Weekly