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Saints and misfits, a novel by S.K. Ali

Label
Saints and misfits
Title
Saints and misfits
Statement of responsibility
a novel by S.K. Ali
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Fifteen-year-old Janna Yusuf, a Flannery O'Connor-obsessed book nerd and the daughter of the only divorced mother at their mosque, tries to make sense of the events that follow when her best friend's cousin--a holy star in the Muslim community--attempts to assault her at the end of sophomore year
Storyline
Tone
Character
Award
  • OLA Best Bets, 2017
  • YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2018.
  • Amelia Bloomer List, 2018.
Review
  • Grades 9-12 /* Starred Review */ Janna, an Arab American hijabi teen living with her mom and brother, is in the midst of several dilemmas. First, her brother’s courting the impossibly perky, perfectly pious “Saint Sarah,” a study circle leader at their mosque. Next, Janna’s crushing on non-Muslim Jeremy, which is definitely haram. Her biggest problem, though, is the Monster, who’s revered by everyone at their mosque for his exemplary faith. But they don’t know he sexually assaulted Janna, and now he’s spreading cruel rumors about her. Janna’s not sure who—or whether—she can tell, but as she starts relying on unlikely friends, she finds the strength to stand up for herself. Ali’s debut offers a much-needed, important perspective in Janna, whose Muslim faith is pivotal but far from the only part of her multifaceted identity. Thanks to her sharp, wry first-person narrative, readers will gain deep insight into her anxieties, choices, and aspirations. For readers unfamiliar with Muslim traditions, Ali offers plenty of context clues and explanations, though she always keeps the story solidly on Janna’s struggle to maintain friendships, nurse a crush, deal with bullies and predatory people in her life, and discover her own strength in the process. A wide variety of readers will find solidarity with Janna, and not just ones who wear a hijab. -- Hunter, Sarah (Reviewed 5/15/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 18, p52)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 9 Up—Life has settled since Janna's parents' divorce, but several new obstacles are making things difficult. Her brother, Muhammad, is moving back home as he changes majors and pursues marriage, while Janna silently battles against a respected boy at her mosque who attempted to rape her. To cope, Janna has separated people into categories. Farooq is a monster, but there are also saints, like Muhammad's fiancée. And then there are misfits, like Janna. This categorization isn't expressed overtly other than through chapter headings and occasional references, but it allows readers to see the world as Janna views it. Yet where there is darkness, there is also light: Janna has a lovely relationship with an elderly gentleman she cares for weekly, loves Flannery O'Connor, is a focused student, and has a crush on a boy, though he's non-Muslim. Ali's writing is balanced between Janna's inner dialogue and what transpires around her. The structured delivery magnifies the teen's rich voice in a character-driven novel about identity, highlighting her faith and typical teenage stress. Readers can empathize with Janna's problems, and the pages will turn quickly. Each secondary character adds depth to the narrative and simultaneously strengthens the diverse portrait that the Toronto-based author shares. VERDICT This timely and authentic portrayal is an indisputable purchase in the realistic fiction category.—Alicia Abdul, Albany High School Library, NY --Alicia Abdul (Reviewed 05/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 05, p98)
  • /* Starred Review */ Janna Yusuf has two major problems: the boy who assaults her at her friend's party is well-respected in the local Muslim community, and now the boy from school she's been crushing on likes her back.Janna, a high school sophomore whose Egyptian mother and Indian father are divorced, is surrounded by caring friends and family, but there are things her non-Muslim friends don't understand, and there are things she won't tell her Muslim friends and family. It all comes to a head when her aggressor tries to publicly shame her by posting videos of her talking with her crush, a white boy named Jeremy, who, as a non-Muslim, is not considered a proper match for her…even if Janna did date, that is. As she stumbles through her social dilemmas, Janna finds out who her allies are—the everyday "saints" she's overlooked. Finally, with the help of an unpredictable niqabi on her own mission to crush misogynists, Janna gets in touch with her rage and fights back, refusing to take on the shame that belongs on the aggressor. Ali pens a touching exposition of a girl's evolution from terrified victim to someone who knows she's worthy of support and is brave enough to get it. Set in a multicultural Muslim family, this book is long overdue, a delight for readers who will recognize the culture and essential for those unfamiliar with Muslim experiences. This quiet read builds to a satisfying conclusion; readers will be glad to make space in their hearts—and bookshelves—for Janna Yusuf. (Fiction. 12-18)(Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2017)
Awards note
2018 William C. Morris Honor
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10567678
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ali, S. K
Dewey number
816/.3
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Young Adult
LC call number
PR9199.4.A446
LC item number
S25 2017
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Divorce
  • Divorce
  • Muslims
  • Identity (Philosophical concept)
  • Sex crimes
  • Muslims
  • Identity
  • Divorce
  • Sexual abuse
  • JUVENILE FICTION
  • JUVENILE FICTION
  • Divorce
  • Identity (Philosophical concept)
  • Muslims
  • Sex crimes
  • United States
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Saints and misfits, a novel by S.K. Ali
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Tayshas high school reading list, 2018-2019
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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
ocn960031230
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
328 pages
Isbn
9781481499248
Lccn
2016041455
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)960031230
Label
Saints and misfits, a novel by S.K. Ali
Publication
Note
Tayshas high school reading list, 2018-2019
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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
ocn960031230
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
328 pages
Isbn
9781481499248
Lccn
2016041455
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)960031230

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