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 Marya Khan and the fabulous jasmine garden (Marya Khan)
 Author: Faruqi, Saadia

 Publisher:  Amulet Books (2023)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 142 p., ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 325358 ISBN: 9781419761188
 Ages: 6-9 Grades: 1-4

 Gardens -- Fiction
 Schools -- Fiction
 Pakistani Americans -- Fiction

Price: $20.48

When Marya's third-grade class participates in taking care of the school's new garden, Marya wants to be the student leader in charge, but every time she tries to prove she has what it takes to be a leader things get messy.

 Illustrator: Bushry, Ani

   School Library Journal (+) (12/01/22)
   Booklist (02/15/23)

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School Library Journal - 12/01/2022 Gr 1–4—This series sequel continues the adventures of gutsy third grader Marya Khan. This time, Marya wants to prove that she isn't a baby by taking up a big responsibility as garden leader at their school's first-ever community garden. Also competing for that spot? Rich girl nemesis Alexa. The spirited heroine soon learns that gardening requires a lot of work and being a leader isn't always what it's cracked up to be. She also learns that people aren't always who they seem, and hard work is made lighter when you're together. Along for the hijinks are Marya's close friends and supportive family. The characters are well-developed and feel like a well-integrated part of Marya's universe. The humor is genuine, and warmth exudes from the dialogue and prose. Faruqi continues to create relatable protagonists with age-relevant and real-kid struggles and triumphs while offering an authentic portrayal of a Muslim, Pakistani family. Those who haven't read the first installment will be brought up to speed quickly and familiarity with the first book isn't necessary. Words of the Day precede each chapter, which will delight word lovers and give astute readers clues as to what awaits Marya. Bushry's black-and-white illustrations help ground the narrative and give burgeoning readers extra clues to help discern Marya's goings-on. VERDICT Authentic friendships, layered family dynamics, and the adventures of an intrepid heroine make this a must-have series that should be shelved next to Renée Watson's "Ryan Hart" books.—Shelley M. Diaz - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 02/15/2023 With a brother in fifth grade and a sister in middle school, eight-year-old Marya finds it hard to be the youngest child, particularly when her father affectionately calls her “my baby girl.” At school, her class is given responsibility for creating a school garden, and she volunteers to lead the project. So does her next-door neighbor Alexa, who continually tries to befriend Marya but succeeds only in annoying her. Then their teacher appoints them as coleaders. While the garden project has its ups and downs, Marya can’t help noticing Alexa’s strengths, and, gradually, she lets go of her long-standing hostility. Through interactions with her teacher, classmates, and family members, Marya learns that leadership is “more than just bossing everyone around.” In this sequel to Marya Khan and the Incredible Henna Party (2022), Faruqi continues her portrayal of an appealing Pakistani American girl who makes understandable mistakes but is willing to learn by observing others. Lively and opinionated, Marya’s first-person narrative is consistently entertaining, and the many attractive grayscale illustrations add another dimension to this transitional chapter book. - Copyright 2023 Booklist.

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