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“…realistically portrays the relationships and dynamics of the town’s small Muslim population. Yusuf’s character is well developed; surrounded by a loving family and tightknit community, he slowly finds his voice and the strength to stand up for what’s right even if it is scary. A timely, emotional story full of hope and love even in the face of discrimination and prejudice.”
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Yusuf Azeem Is Not a Hero

Written by Saadia Faruqi
Published by HarperCollins

Winner of the 2022 I’m Your Neighbor Social Action Book Award

Yusuf Azeem has spent all his life in the small town of Frey, Texas—and nearly that long waiting for the chance to participate in the regional robotics competition, which he just knows he can win.

Only, this year is going to be more difficult than he thought. Because this year is the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, an anniversary that has everyone in his Muslim community on edge.

With “Never Forget” banners everywhere and a hostile group of townspeople protesting the new mosque, Yusuf realizes that the country’s anger from two decades ago hasn’t gone away. Can he hold onto his joy—and his friendships—in the face of heartache and prejudice?

Primary ISBN: 9780062943255

Available As: Hardcover, Audiobook, eBook
Middle Grade, Age 08 or older

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Setting: Texas

Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: 1st Generation

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

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