Fifteen-year-old Sadia Ahmadi, a Muslim immigrant from Syria, learns that young voices can still be powerful in Nelson’s story about being loyal to one’s beliefs.
Both subtle and distinctive … Compelling and relevant.
Will be appreciated by readers eager for representation of female Muslim characters.
School Library Journal
This book comes at a time when it is most needed, offering a powerful and positive antidote to knee jerk racism and social media fuelled culture wars … but moreover, it is a compelling, tightly written, and keenly heartfelt story with a classic identity conflict in the midst of flawed humanity.
deftly explores the differences between the immigrant experience and the refugee experience
Winnipeg Free Press
Nelson has done a great job depicting the Muslim-Canadian experience of these teenage girls.
A breath of fresh air. The characters are strong, smart, and compassionate.
Monia Mazigh, author of Hope Has Two Daughters
A good story about the struggles of immigrants and refugees and their efforts to assimilate.
Color Coded Books
Colleen Nelson pens real characters whose decisions propel them into life-changing situations.
CanLit for LittleCanadians
The gentle way it deals with intense, emotional issues such as discrimination, the immigrant experience and refugee experience and empowerment gives this book quiet power, much like Sadia herself.
Quill & Quire