Amina has never been comfortable in the spotlight. She is happy just hanging out with her best friend, Soojin. Except now that she’s in middle school everything feels different. Soojin is suddenly hanging out with Emily, one of the “cool” girls in the class, and even talking about changing her name to something more “American”. Does Amina need to start changing too? Or hiding who she is to fit in? While Amina grapples with these questions, her local mosque is vandalised, and she is devastated.
Wardah’s Bookseller Mini Review: In Amina’s Voice, Hena Khan provides readers with a glimpse into the adolescent life of a Pakistani-American Muslim girl. Fresh out of elementary school and trying to find her place amongst peers with jarringly different cultures, Amina struggles with issues many young readers can relate to. Hena Khan writes in a lighthearted manner suitable for intermediate readers and secondary school readers.