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Saadia Faruqi

Saadia Faruqi is a Pakistani American author and interfaith activist. She writes the popular Yasmin early reader series , and other books for children, including chapter books, graphic novels, and picture books. Her middle grade novels include A Place At The Table, co-written with Laura Shovan, which received a Sydney Taylor Notable Honor; A Thousand Questions, which received a South Asia Book Award Honor; and Yusuf Azeem Is Not A Hero, which was a School Library Journal Best Middle Grade book. Saadia is editor-in-chief of Blue Minaret, a magazine for Muslim art, poetry and prose, and was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine in 2017 as a woman making a difference in her community. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and children. Her graphic novel Saving Sunshine was a Kirkus Best Book and a New York Public Library Best Book, as well as a Texas Library Association Little Maverick Graphic Novel. 

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  • Saving Sunshine by Saadia Faruqi

    Saving Sunshine

    From Saadia Faruqi and Shazleen Khan comes a relatable, funny, and heart-wrenchingly honest graphic novel about Muslim American siblings who must learn how to stop fighting and support each other in a world that is often unkind.

    It's hard enough being a kid without being teased for a funny sounding name or wearing a hijab.

    It's even harder when you're constantly fighting your sibling—and Zara and Zeeshan really can't stand each other. During a family trip to Florida, when the bickering, shoving, and insults reach new heights of chaos, their parents sentence them to the worst possible fate— each other’s company! But when the twins find an ailing turtle, it presents a rare opportunity for teamwork—if the two can put their differences aside at last.

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