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Saturday, August 22, 2020

A Thousand Questions by Saadia Faruqi

How I Heard About It:
*I was able to download an electronic ARC of this upcoming middle-grade story.  The novel will be released in October of 2020.  Thank you to Quill Tree Books which is an imprint of HarperCollins.  

What It Is About - FIVE Things You Need to Know:
1.  *The reader is transported to Karachi, Pakistan in this upcoming middle-grade story about two very different girls.

2.  *Mimi is not thrilled to be leaving Houston to spend the summer in Pakistan with her mother and her grandparents, whom she has never met.

3.  *Sakina, who lives in Pakistan, is the daughter of the cook working in Mimi's grandparents' home.  

4.  *Both girls have a secret they are keeping from their parents, and rely on each other for support

5.  *Sakina must pass an English test to move forward in her education, and Mimi may be the only one who can help her.  

What I Thought Of It - Five Observations/Reflections:
1.  *This was a beautifully story about two different young girls who actually had more in common than they thought.  

2.  *I loved how the story was told from alternating points of view per chapter.  

3.  *As a reader, I enjoyed reading about the culture, customs, and traditions of the people in Pakistan.  

4.  *The transformation of the relationship between the two girls was told with honesty, grace, and real emotion.  

5.  *Each girl became a better person because of their friendship with the other.  I know young readers will appreciate the friendship they formed.  

Who Should Read It:
*Readers in grades four, five, and six would be ideal for the story.  I could also see middle-school readers enjoying Mimi's journey to Pakistan and her new friendship with Sakina.  I know there shouldn't be "girl" and "boy" books, but I do think the young female reader will have more to identify with this particular book.  Happy Reading!  

Rating:  4 STARS out of 5 Stars

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