Amina loves to sing, but not in front of anyone other than just family and her one best friend, Soojin. So even when Soojin begs her to take one of the solo parts at the upcoming concert, Amina makes it a hard pass! She has enough to worry about just listening to her parents and her brother argue at home about school and what is important in life.
When she learns that her uncle from Pakistan is coming to stay with them for three months, at first she’s a bit excited, however, it becomes clear quickly, both her parents are apprehensive about him coming and worry how he will judge them and their children. He is after all, a pretty conservative muslim. Even though Amina is terrified of speaking or singing in public, her parents enter both her and her brother in their mosque’s recitation/ reading competition in Arabic, no less! She knows she’ll never be able to get in front of everyone and not choke!
Plus things are school have become very strained. Soojin seems to be becoming buddy buddy with Emily – a girl they both used to dislike. What on earth is going on?
Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan is a super quick and interesting read that will have readers rooting for both Amina and Soojin as they journey into new parts of their life. Really nice story of a girl finding her own way.
Recommended for grades 6th and up.