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Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award Winner Young Adult • High Plains Book Award Winner Young Adult • Red Maple Fiction Award ShortlistedSadia wishes life in high school was as straightforward as a game of basketballFifteen year old Sadia Ahmadi is passionate about one thing basketball Her best friend Mariam on the other hand wants. I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewCanadian Syrian Sadia is a Grade 9 student who is incredibly passionate about basketball She jumps at the chance to join this year's co ed tournament team and her talent speaks for itself The hijab that she wears as a Muslim though can pose a problem on the court Surrounded by her teammates her coach and teacher and a new friend a Syrian refugee named Amira she learns to stand up for herself and fight for what's rightThis novel does a very good job to raise awareness and promote compassion between people It's also a decent story if you're reading it for the basketball elements This uick novel has been promoted YA but it definitely reads tonally as MG It's actually uite tame but it still manages to raise several important uestions both on a personal and institutional level In regards to the characters as much as I liked getting to know Sadia her friends and family I actually found myself rooting for their coach a little He's the sort of teacher I would have been honored to have as a high school student Sadia by Colleen Nelson is an inspiring story of a girl standing up for what she believes in and is passionate about That said it doesn't particularly standout of the crowd I also have to admit that I was expecting from some of the basketball games we see on the page after all of that buildup Just so you know this novel doesn't ualify as #OwnVoices but Colleen Nelson still offers insight as she is also a Canadian teacher who has taught refugee students

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Sadia AUTHOR Colleen NelsTo get noticed by the popular crowd and has started de jabbing removing her hijab at school every morning Sadia’s mom had warned her that navigating high school could be tricky As much as she hates to admit it her mom was rightWhen tryouts for an elite basketball team are announced Sadia jumps at the opportunity Her talent speaks for itself Her head. This is the story of Sadia Nazreen and Amira Sadia and Amira are Syrian Muslims while Nazreen is an Egyptian Muslim who have all found their way to Canada Sadia and Nazreen have been in Canada for a while and they have had the time to adjust to the ways of life there Amira on the other hand is new to Canada and has a lot of hurdles to cross before she can settle in The language barrier is just one example The book explores the barriers and conflicts that these girls faceFrankly I wasn’t sure what to expect from the book On one hand the blurb of the book indicated that it would be informative about the cultural differences On the other hand I wasn’t really sure if the Canadian Author would be able to do justice to the protagonist’s characters I actually checked out the author’s Goodreads profile and website to see if she had any related experience Only thing I could connect is that she has been a teacher for about a decade and so may have had interactions with Muslim girls as her studentsThe author has done a good job with her portrayal of Sadia Nazreen and Amira At least I feel so because the characters felt very real to me First is Amira a Syrian refugee I could understand if not relate to her homesickness as she was forced to leave her country Leaving Syria and moving to Canada was not a choice that she or her family consciously made Sadia on the other hand had moved to Canada before the borders were locked down She sees it as a blessing in a form I admired her conviction and faith Nazreen confused me though I kind of understood the peer pressure she had trouble handling What I did not understand was her attitude towards Sadia Was she just jealous that she did not have the same faith or conviction Or was she just indifferent and used Sadia when neededRead the full review on Bookish Indulgences with b00k r3vi3ws

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Sadia AUTHOR Colleen Nelson Read ê 109 ¾ Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award — Winner Young Adult • High Plains Book Award — Winner Young Adult • Red Maple Fiction Award — ShortlistedSadia wishes life in high school was as straightforward as a game of basketballFifteen year old Sadia Ahmadi is passionate about one thingScarf on the other hand is a problem; especially when a discriminatory rule means she has to choose between removing her hijab and not playing Mariam Sadia’s parents and her teammates all have different opinions about what she should do But it is Sadia who has to find the courage to stand up for herself and fight for what is right on and off the cou. Powerful and movingEDITEDI received this copy in exchange for an honest review from Dundurn publishing All thoughts and opinions are my own Thank you DundurnI'm going to admit when I first got approved for this novel for some reason I thought it was #ownvoices I realised I was mistaken uickly enough before I started it but I was still excited and cautiously hopefulThe novel is uite a powerful one It seems like it could have gotten very messy with a lot happening but it all manages to tie in together uite well It seemed honest and earnest and I cannot be an accurate judge of whether or not the refugee status and the Muslim characters were presented accurately but from my limited understanding of Islam it was handled with graceA thing that bugged me was that as far as I know wearing the hijab is an intensely private and personal affair and choice I have not heard anything about families forcing their girls to wear the hijab though I may be wrong It was a little jarring to read about when everything I've learned about that from my Muslim friends says otherwise but it worked as a storyThe family aspect of it all was understandable to me as I come from an Indian family and was also raised relatively conservatively My parents had expectations that I did not want to disappoint and I could understand both Sadia and her brother's approaches to trying to find a balance between respecting their parents' wishes and following their own dreams It made Sadia a very sympathetic character to meMy absolute favourite thing about this novel the thing that made me give it a 4 star rating pretty much is the scene where Sadia is told she cannot play in the tournament and her team and then the whole court starts chanting Let her play It was such a powerful scene It gave me chillsOverall it was a good read and I am very glad I got a chance to read it