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Zara Hossain Is Here

Zara Hossain Is Here

Book - 2021 | First edition
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"Ever since her family moved to Texas from Pakistan when she was a baby, seventeen-year-old Zara Hossain has only ever called Corpus Christi home. Being the only Muslim girl at her conservative Catholic school, blending in isn't really an option, especially with people like Tyler Benson always tormenting her. But one day Tyler takes things too far by defacing Zara's locker with a racist message, which gets him suspended. As an act of revenge, Tyler and his friends vandalize the Hossains' house with Islamophobic graffiti, which leads to a violent crime that puts Zara and her family's entire future at risk"--Jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2021
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2021
ISBN: 9781338580877
1338580876
Branch Call Number: YF KHAN-S
Characteristics: 244 pages ; 22 cm

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HPL_Ari May 13, 2021

Sabina Khan's sophomore novel, Zara Hossain is Here, was just as much of a page-turner as her debut, The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali!

Zara's family has been waiting for their visa process to be finalized for years, and the wait is nearly over. Being a bisexual Muslim Pakistani girl means that she doesn't necessarily blend in at her conservative Catholic school. ⁣Her classmate Tyler's been bullying her for a while, but his Islamophobic and xenophobic behavior quickly escalates. When it goes too far, Zara's entire family will be pulled into the fray. As the future her family's worked so hard for is suddenly at risk, Zara will have to decide if she's ready to fight to stay in the place that's become her home.⁣

Zara Hossain is Here is a story of identity, family, friendship, and first love that explores what "home" truly means. It's out now, and I cannot wait to see it on my library's shelves. I'll be recommending it to fans of Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed. ⁣And it's a must read if you enjoyed Sabina's debut!

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