|Yusuf Azeem is not a hero|
Author: Faruqi, Saadia
Yusuf is excited to start middle school in his small Texas town, but with the twentieth anniversary of the September 11 attacks coming up, suddenly it feels like the country's same anger and grief is all focused on his Muslim community.
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Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.60
Points: 10.0 Quiz: 514602
Kirkus Reviews (08/01/21)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/09/21)
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Booklist - 09/15/2021 Yusuf Azeem is excited to be starting his first year at Frey Middle School and to be joining the Robotics club with his best friend, Danial. His small town of Frey has always been home to his family and the larger Muslim community that he is part of. However, with the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaching, tensions begin to rise in Frey with the influence of a hate group, the Patriot Sons, whose goal is to rid Frey of any “outsiders.” With the help of his friends and other community members, Yusuf attempts to reclaim his home and his town. Yusuf Azeem Is Not a Hero will surely help spark many conversations about Islamophobia and xenophobia, as well as how much things have changed (or not) in the past 20 years. Faruqi’s emotional story will resonate with older readers who lived through the events many years ago, and younger readers will gain insight on the lasting effects that the 9/11 attacks had on Americans and why they are an important part of history. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.