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Saints and misfits / a novel by S.K. Ali.

Ali, S. K. (author.).

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Babcock Library - Ashford YA Ali (Text to phone) 33110144130299 Young Adult New Material Available -
Beacon Falls Public Library YA FIC ALI (Text to phone) 33120000391026 Adult Fiction Available -
Bentley Memorial Library - Bolton YA PBK FIC Ali (Text to phone) 33160142921298 Young Adult Fiction Available -
Bethel Public Library TEEN ALI (NUTMEG MS) (Text to phone) 34030141661212 Teen Fiction Available -
Bethel Public Library TEEN ALI (NUTMEG: MS) (Text to phone) 34030142861696 Teen Fiction Available -
Black Rock Branch - Bridgeport YA ALI (Nutmeg Nominee 2020) (Text to phone) 34000081217218 Teen Center Available -
Brookfield Library TEEN F/ALI (Text to phone) 34029141051986 Teen Fiction Available -
Burnham Library - Bridgewater TEEN FIC ALI (Text to phone) 36937000627175 Teen Available -
Burroughs-Saden Main - Bridgeport X YA ALI (Text to phone) 34000081217226 Young Adult Fiction Available -
Burroughs-Saden Main - Bridgeport YA ALI (Text to phone) 34000081217259 Young Adult Fiction Available -
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General Note: Nutmeg Award Nominee, Middle School (Teen), 2020.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Summary, etc.: Fifteen-year-old Janna Yusuf, a Flannery O'Connor-obsessed book nerd and the daughter of the only divorced mother at their mosque, tries to make sense of the events that follow when her best friend's cousin--a holy star in the Muslim community--attempts to assault her at the end of sophomore year.
Target Audience Note:
Young Adult
Awards Note:
Nutmeg Award Nominee, Middle School (Teen), 2020.
Subject: Divorce Juvenile fiction
Divorce Fiction
Muslims United States Fiction
Identity Fiction
Divorce Fiction
Sexual abuse Fiction
Muslims United States Juvenile fiction
Identity (Philosophical concept) Juvenile fiction
Sex crimes Juvenile fiction
Genre: Psychological fiction.

Syndetic Solutions - School Library Journal Review for ISBN Number 1481499254
Saints and Misfits
Saints and Misfits
by Ali, S. K.
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Gr 9 Up-Life has settled since Janna's parents' divorce, but several new obstacles are making things difficult. Her brother, Muhammad, is moving back home as he changes majors and pursues marriage, while Janna silently battles against a respected boy at her mosque who attempted to rape her. To cope, Janna has separated people into categories. Farooq is a monster, but there are also saints, like Muhammad's fiancée. And then there are misfits, like Janna. This categorization isn't expressed overtly other than through chapter headings and occasional references, but it allows readers to see the world as Janna views it. Yet where there is darkness, there is also light: Janna has a lovely relationship with an elderly gentleman she cares for weekly, loves Flannery O'Connor, is a focused student, and has a crush on a boy, though he's non-Muslim. Ali's writing is balanced between Janna's inner dialogue and what transpires around her. The structured delivery magnifies the teen's rich voice in a character-driven novel about identity, highlighting her faith and typical teenage stress. Readers can empathize with Janna's problems, and the pages will turn quickly. Each secondary character adds depth to the narrative and simultaneously strengthens the diverse portrait that the Toronto-based author shares. VERDICT This timely and authentic portrayal is an indisputable purchase in the realistic fiction category.-Alicia Abdul, Albany High School Library, NY © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Sophomore Janna Yusuf is caught between her Muslim faith and the parts of her life that clash with it: her nonpracticing father; her crush Jeremy, who isn't Muslim; and the pious boy from her mosque who attempts to sexually assault her during a party. This push and pull gives readers unfamiliar with Islam a deep understanding of Muslim practices and women who wear the hijab without limiting the scope of the story. Instead, debut novelist Ali taps into universal thoughts and situations, including the feelings of not fitting in, oppressive social stigmas, and the difficulty of truly connecting with and trusting others. Everything is perceived and digested through Janna's lens as she questions a world that she finds is mostly gray areas: a photo project serves as an ironic twist for a girl pretending she wasn't assaulted, a woman she thinks is a saint turns out to be a typically flawed human, and her relationship with an elderly Indian man exposes her own shortcomings. It's a sympathetic and thoughtful study of a girl's attempt to find her place in a complicated world. Ages 14-up. Agent: John M. Cusick, Folio Literary Management. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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*Starred Review* Janna, an Arab American hijabi teen living with her mom and brother, is in the midst of several dilemmas. First, her brother's courting the impossibly perky, perfectly pious Saint Sarah, a study circle leader at their mosque. Next, Janna's crushing on non-Muslim Jeremy, which is definitely haram. Her biggest problem, though, is the Monster, who's revered by everyone at their mosque for his exemplary faith. But they don't know he sexually assaulted Janna, and now he's spreading cruel rumors about her. Janna's not sure who or whether she can tell, but as she starts relying on unlikely friends, she finds the strength to stand up for herself. Ali's debut offers a much-needed, important perspective in Janna, whose Muslim faith is pivotal but far from the only part of her multifaceted identity. Thanks to her sharp, wry first-person narrative, readers will gain deep insight into her anxieties, choices, and aspirations. For readers unfamiliar with Muslim traditions, Ali offers plenty of context clues and explanations, though she always keeps the story solidly on Janna's struggle to maintain friendships, nurse a crush, deal with bullies and predatory people in her life, and discover her own strength in the process. A wide variety of readers will find solidarity with Janna, and not just ones who wear a hijab.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2010 Booklist

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