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“Twelve-year-old Alabed has given the world a gift in a story that is realistic without being frightening and hopeful without being sappy. An important choice for all collections.”
—School Library Journal  (Starred Review)

My Name Is Bana

Written by Bana Alabed
Illustrated by Nez Riaz
Published by Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

“I just want to live without fear.” —Bana Alabed, Twitter, October 12, 2016

When seven-year-old Bana Alabed took to Twitter to describe the horrors she and her family were experiencing in war-torn Syria, her heartrending messages touched the world and gave a voice to millions of innocent children.

Written in Bana’s own words, this picture book offers a uniquely intimate child’s perspective on one of the biggest humanitarian crises in history. Bana has lost her best friend, her school, her home, and her homeland. But she has not lost her hope—for herself and for other children around the world who are victims and refugees of war and deserve better lives.

Primary ISBN: 9781534412484
Available As: Hardcover, eBook
Picture Book, Age 04 or older

Community Represented:

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Setting: Syria

Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: In Home Country

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

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