The Resource Sadia, Colleen Nelson

Sadia, Colleen Nelson

Label
Sadia
Title
Sadia
Statement of responsibility
Colleen Nelson
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Thirteen-year-old Sadia is Muslim and passionate about one thing: basketball. When her teacher announces tryouts for this year's co-ed team, she jumps at the opportunity. Her talent speaks for itself. Her head scarf, on the other hand, is a problem. Surrounded by her classmates and a new friend, Syrian refugee Amira, Sadia learns about standing up for herself and fighting for what is right. Written from Sadia's point of view, the book examines how three female Muslim teenagers experience life. Sadia wants to maintain her Muslim identity and refuses to remove her head covering at a basketball tournament; Amira is a Syrian refugee, reeling from the trauma she experienced when she fled her home; and Nazreen is ready to eschew her Muslim heritage to fit in with the popular crowd at school."--
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Character
Award
Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award for YA-Middle Reader, 2019.
Review
  • Gr 7 Up—Sadia Ahmadi's family moved from Syria (before the devastating military conflict began) to Canada after her father secured a teaching position at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. She's a good student, but her passion is basketball. When tryouts for a coed tournament team are announced, Sadia is intent on making the squad. She makes the team, but a discriminatory tournament rule banning head coverings could derail her hoop dreams. Basketball plays such a small role in this novel it could be swapped for almost any other hobby, which will be appreciated by readers eager for representation of female Muslim characters, but who have no particular interest in the sport. Sadia's life is not tidy. Her best friend, Nazreen, has started de-jabbing (removing her hijab) at school, which causes the girls to drift apart. Sadia is tasked with translating for and acclimating a new student, Syrian refugee Amira, who is haunted by her traumatic past. Also, Sadia's beloved brother, at university studying to be a doctor, makes a controversial decision and hides it from their parents, inadvertently dragging Sadia into the drama. Prejudice and discrimination show up, but the support of Sadia's teacher/coach Mr. Letner, her teammates, her classmates, and her family makes the handling of the tough stuff relatively tame. Overall, this work makes attempts at inclusivity while gently skirting serious issues with simple, unembellished prose. VERDICT An additional purchase.—Abby Bussen, Muskego Public Library, WI --Abby Bussen (Reviewed 02/01/2018) (School Library Journal, vol 64, issue 2, p94)
  • Fifteen-year-old Sadi Ahmadi, a Muslim immigrant from Syria, learns that young voices can still be powerful in Nelson’s story about being loyal to one’s beliefs. After living for three years in Winnipeg with her family (“We’d left Syria just before things went haywire”), Sadia is well-adjusted and happy, but she is constantly reminded that she’s an outsider, and her freshman year brings many challenges. Sadia’s best friend Nazreen, who is also Muslim, starts “de-jabbing” (removing her hijab) and changing into revealing clothes at school; the distance between the girls increases after they learn that they both have a crush on the same guy and Sadia befriends new student Amira, a refugee from Syria. Sadia is thrilled to make the basketball team, but she’s hindered by her hijab on the court, and she may not be able to play in an upcoming tournament if she doesn’t remove it. The characters can be somewhat one-dimensional, but Nelson (Blood Brothers) writes compellingly about Sadia’s passion for basketball, her evolving friendship with Nazreen, and the way that Amira forces her to confront the current state of affairs in Syria. Ages 12–up. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed 12/11/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 50, p)
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10624152
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Nelson, Colleen
Dewey number
jC813/.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 7
  • 12
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True
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  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Adolescence
  • Muslim teenagers
  • Refugees
  • Teenage girls
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Sadia, Colleen Nelson
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
on1017968664
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
239 pages
Isbn
9781459740297
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1017968664
Label
Sadia, Colleen Nelson
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1017968664
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
239 pages
Isbn
9781459740297
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1017968664

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