Author: Marina Budhos
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Year Published: 2006
"Since emigrating from Bangladesh, fourteen-year-old Nadira and her family have been living in New York City on expired visas, hoping to realize their dream of becoming legal U.S. citizens. But after 9/11, everything changes. Suddenly being Muslim means you are dangerous- a suspected terrorist.
When Nadira's father is arrested and detained at the U.S.- Canadian border, Nadira and her older sister, Aisha, are told to carry on as if everything is the same. The teachers at Flushing High don't ask any questions, but Aisha falls apart. nothing matters to her anymore- not even college.
It's up to Nadira to be the strong one and bring her family back together again."
My Rating: 8/ 10
I didn't really know much about the illegal immigrants in the USA. This story really opened my eyes to reasons people come to North America and what life is like for them where they live. I enjoyed many aspects of this book, but mainly the story behind the novel. The fact that this has happened for so many years to innocent people is down right depressing. Although after a terrorist attack, people have the right to be upset and scared, you can not simply be stereotypical. Saying all Muslims are terrorists is like saying all Canadians are Inuit, it's simply not true but a round about way of looking at things. I sincerely hope that you have the time to read this book. Thank you Marina Budhos for opening peoples eyes!