Wednesday, August 14, 2019

More to the Story by Hena Khan

This story centers around Jameela.  It's the story of a family of four girls and their parents.  They are Muslims living in Georgia.  They are also Americans.  Jameela dreams of being a jounalist like her grandfather.  He won awards, she wants to, too.  She works on the school newspaper but she and the editor don't get along.  They've both been warned they have to and they are trying.  She's learning how to control her temper.

Salaam Reads, a division of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, sent me an ARC  of this to read for review (thank you).It will be published September 3rd.

When her younger Sister, Bisma, complains about a bump on her neck, Jameela tells her not to worry.  But when it gets worse and they take her to a doctor, it turns out to be serious.  Their father is overseas working and the women have to deal with it alone.  When they find out it's cancer everyone is devastated.  Surgery is scheduled.

Jameela is writing stories for the newspaper and has started a special blog about her sister's illness.  She's also making friends with a new boy that is like part of the family.  

Jameela learns just how strong she can be when times get tough.  She also learns to apologize and how to work with her editor.  

This was a serious read about growing up and shouldering responsibilities.  Jameela does good job of it.

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