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“A perceptive peek into the lives of foreigners on the fringe.”
Kirkus Reviews

Ask Me No Questions

Written by Marina Budhos
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

“You forget. You forget you don’t really exist here, that this isn’t your home.” 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.

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Middle Grade, Age 12 or older

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Setting: United States (New York City NY)

Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Immigrant

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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