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2002. A year after 9/11, it's an extremely turbulent time politically for Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who's tired of being stereotyped. She's tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments, even the physical violence she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. Now she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother. When she meets Ocean James., he seems to want to get to know Shirin. They seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds -- and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she's not sure she'll ever be able to let it down. -- adapted from jacket
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Mafi (Whichwood , 2017) tackles the life of an American Muslim teenager in the wake of 9/11 in this visceral, honest novel
KCLSReads Sep 12, 2018
Longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.
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"...you sacrificed my comfort just to make yourself seem progressive. You put me in that shitty situation because you thought it would be shocking and exciting." (p.123-124)
"People struggled to believe this, because people struggled to believe women in general. It was one of the greatest frustrations of my life."
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