Farhana and Faraz are twins. Born minutes apart, they couldn't be more different. Farhana is the good student, the popular one, president of her all-girl's school debate team. Faraz is the quiet, artistic one, who struggles to fit in at the mixed gender comprehensive. But as Ramadan approaches, both Frahana and Faraz struggle with big issues that they feel they can't share with their parents. Farhana wants to start wearing the hijab, but worries about the reaction she will face from her family, peers and society. Faraz is being pulled deeper and deeper into the life of the South Asian gangs, be forced to do things he doesn't want.
Can the siblings help each other overcome their issues in time to avoid a major tragedy?
This second book for teens by Na'ima B. Robert explores what it is like to be a Muslim teen in Britain. And again, she opens up that world to both insiders and outsiders, exploring ideas and themes in a frank way. There are times that the message overwhelms the story, but I did like the fact that one of the biggest rebels in the book was the one who wore the niqab.
A good addition for school and class libraries, regardless of the population.
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