Happy Book Birthday Reem Faruqi!

Happy Book Birthday Reem Faruqi!

Middle Grade author Reem Faruqi’s newest novel in verse is out in the world today!

Make sure you put this book on your TBR and read it soon!

For fans of Planet Omar and The Ethan I Was Before, award-winning Pakistani author Reem Faruqi of Unsettled delivers a middle grade novel in verse about table tennis player Adnan, who dreams of the championship and a fun-filled family trip to Florida. But when tragedy strikes, he and his family must cope with a terrible loss and come together as one again. This poignant story about a Muslim family learning to heal is hope-filled and moving.

Adnan Zakir loves table tennis. He’s also colorblind, left-handed, and has a fondness for the aviation alphabet. He’s super close with his sister, Aaliyah, who is a great dancer and memorizer of Quran, and he loves his little toddler brother Rizwan, who only wants to grow up and play table tennis like his big brother. 

All Adnan dreams of is making it to the Ultimate Table Tennis Championship in Florida, and if he qualifies for the tournament, he knows he will get to spend the Eid holiday with his cousins! But when the family travels there, unthinkable tragedy strikes, and Adnan swears he’ll never play table tennis ever again. Slowly, he and his family must learn to make peace and move forward, as a family.


My Review

Call Me AdnanCall Me Adnan by Reem Faruqi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Reem Faruqi uses lyrical and beautiful poetry to bring to life a story of family, grief, and love. The relationships between the brothers felt so real. Reem had my emotions all over the place in this story, and I loved every minute of it. A great story for middle grade readers to explore some of the darker parts of life, but also that there is a light in the darkness. Thank you Reem for sharing this touching story of love, grief, and family.

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I am a middle school teacher who loves to read. I am part of the ARC-sharing group LitReviewCrew and a creator for the YouTube Channel Legit KidLit.

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