Written by Rukhsanna Guidroz
Illustrated by Fahmida Azim
Published by Penguin Young Readers Group
Samira thinks of her life as before and after: before the burning and violence in her village in Burma, when she and her best friend would play in the fields, and after, when her family was forced to flee. There’s before the uncertain journey to Bangladesh by river, and after, when the river swallowed her nana and nani whole. And now, months after rebuilding a life in Bangladesh with her mama, baba, and brother, there’s before Samira saw the Bengali surfer girls of Cox’s Bazar, and after, when she decides she’ll become one.
Samira Surfs, written by Rukhsanna Guidroz with illustrations by Fahmida Azim, is a tender novel in verse about a young Rohingya girl’s journey from isolation and persecution to sisterhood, and from fear to power.
Primary ISBN: 9781984816191
Available As: Hardcover, eBook
Middle Grade, Age 08 or older
Community Represented: Rohingya/Rohingya American
Setting: Myanmar, Bangladesh
Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Refugee
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