The Henna Wars
Written by Adiba Jaigirdar
Published by Page Street Kids
Nishat doesn’t want to lose her family, but she also doesn’t want to hide who she is, and it only gets harder once a childhood friend walks back into her life. Flavia is beautiful and charismatic, and Nishat falls for her instantly. But when a school competition invites students to create their own businesses, both Flavia and Nishat decide to showcase their talent as henna artists. In a fight to prove who is the best, their lives become more tangled–but Nishat can’t quite get rid of her crush, especially since Flavia seems to like her back. As the competition heats up, Nishat has a decision to make: stay in the closet for her family, or put aside her differences with Flavia and give their relationship a chance.
Primary ISBN: 9781624149689
Available As: Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook, eBook
Young Adult, Age 14 or older
Community Represented: Bangladeshi/Bangladeshi American, Brazilian/Brazilian American
Themes: Cross-Group Dating, Discrimination: Racial, Family Relationship: Parents, Family Relationship: Siblings, Generational Differences: Gender Roles, LGBTQIA+, Religious Background: Muslim
Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Arrival
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