Bound To Stay Bound

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 Golden girl
 Author: Faruqi, Reem

 Publisher:  Harper (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 309 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 325342 ISBN: 9780063044753
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Family problems -- Fiction
 Theft -- Fiction
 Pakistani Americans -- Fiction
 Novels in verse

Price: $21.38

Seventh grader Aafiyah Qamar loves playing tennis, reading weird-but-true facts, and hanging out with her best friend, Zaina. However, Aafiyah has a bad habit that troubles her--she's drawn to pretty things and can't help but occasionally "borrow" them. When her father is falsely accused of a crime and gets arrested, Aafiyah knows she needs to do something to help and devises a plan using her weird but true facts, but will she be able to resist her habit of stealing?

   Kirkus Reviews (12/15/21)
   Booklist (01/01/22)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/01/22)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 01/01/2022 Aafiyah Quamar lives a charmed life with her family in Atlanta, spending days playing tennis, reading Weird but True! books, and hanging out with her best friend, Zaina. Despite her family’s comfort and privilege, Aafiyah has a bad habit of “borrowing” things without asking. She knows it is wrong, but cannot help it. Upon returning from a trip to visit her Dadi and Dada Abu, her paternal grandparents, in Pakistan, her father is arrested and charged with a crime he did not commit. Aafiyah comes up with an idea to get money to help pay her father’s legal fees, but it means that she must betray a friend and give in to her worst habits. Told in verse, Golden Girl is the tale of a young girl in crisis. In Aafiyah, Faruqi creates a relatable but flawed protagonist whose road to redemption makes for an engaging, warmhearted story. Readers who enjoyed Hena Khan’s Amina’s Voice (2017) or are looking for nuanced portrayals of South Asian Muslims will enjoy this selection. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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