So, I've decided to redo my whole quick reviews so it's more of a form that covers the information faster. So, here goes nothing!
Title: The Garden of my Imaan
Author: Farhana Zia
Aliya already struggles
with trying to fit in, feeling confident enough to talk to the cute boy
or stand up to mean kids. The fact that shes Muslim is just another thing
to deal with. When Marwa, a Moroccan girl who shares her faith if not
her culture, comes to Aliyas school, Aliya wonders even more about who
she is, what she believes, and where she fits in. Should she fast for
Ramadan? Should she wear the hijab? Shes old enough for both, but does
she really want to call attention to herself?
Favorite character: Marwa
Favorite line: "I stared and I stared and she smiled back at me."
I enjoyed not only seeing into the world of someone who is Muslim, but also feeling her struggles as she works to become stronger and able to defend herself against the mean kids. I felt that some things were left behind before they were done. I feel that the ending, similar to COUNTING BY 7S, didn't wrap it all up so much as promise a better future. Enjoyable and a fun read!
Starred review: 3.5/5