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Muslim Booklist - Contemporary Novels & Short Story Collections

Wanting Mor
Wanting Mor
Rukhsana Khan

A young Afghan refugee finds hope amid adversity.


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Many Windows
Many Windows
Rukhsana Khan

A collection of celebration stories about kids from five different faiths.

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A New Life
A New Life
Rukhsana Khan

A young Pakistani girl immigrates to Canada with her family.


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Dahling if you Luv Me
Dahling, If You Luv Me, Would You Please, Please Smile
Rukhsana Khan

A young Muslim girl tries to fit in with the kids in her Canadian classroom.


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Muslim Child
Muslim Child
Rukhsana Khan

This collection of short stories and poems deals with every major aspect of Islam from a child’s perspective.


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Does My Head Look Big in This
Does My Head Look Big in This?
Randa Abdel-Fattah

A humorous novel about an Australian Muslim girl who starts wearing hijab.


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Ten Things I Hate About Me
Ten Things I Hate About Me
Randa Abdel-Fattah

A novel about a girl who hides her Muslim/Lebanese identity at school.

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Where the Streets Had A Name
Where the Streets Had a Name
Randa Abdel-Fattah

A novel about a thirteen year old girl living in Palestine under Israeli occupation.


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Boy Vs. Girl
Boy vs Girl
Na'ima Bint Robert

Set in England, a boy and his twin sister deal with peer pressure.

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From Somalia with Love
Na'ima Bint Robert

A girlliving in London, come to terms with her cultural heritage.

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The Bedouin's Gazelle
The Bedouin’s Gazelle
Frances Temple

An amazing novel set in a Bedouin society in the year 1302.

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The Shepherd's Granddaughter
The Shepherd's Granddaughter
Anne Laurel Carter

An excellent look at life under Israeli occupation.

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Bifocal
Bifocal
Deborah Ellis and Eric Walters

A look at the political ramifications of the 'war on terror'.

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Habibi
Habibi
Naomi Shihab Nye

A romantic novel about a young American girl who goes with her family to Palestine.


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Ask Me No Questions
Marina Budhos

A Bangladeshi girl's family faces problems as illegal immigrants in post-9/11 America

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A Beautiful Lie
A Beautiful Lie
Irfan Master

An Indian boy enlists the help of friends to hide news of the Partition from his father.

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A Hen in the Wardrobe
Wendy Meddour

A humorous story of a boy dealing with his sleepwalking, homesick Algerian father.

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Guantanamo Boy
Guantanamo Boy
 
Anna Perera

An English teen gets abducted by U.S. forces while on vacation in his father's homeland, Pakistan.

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Parvana's Journey
Parvana's Journey
Deborah Ellis

Parvana is a young Afghan girl separated from her family during the American bombardment of Afghanistan.


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The Space Between our Footsteps
The Space Between Our Footsteps
Naomi Shihab Nye

A collection of poems from Middle Eastern perspectives.

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Shooting Kabul
N. H. Senzai

A novel about a boy and his family leaving Afghanistan for San Diego.

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Mud City
Mud City
Deborah Ellis

A novel linked to Parvana’s Journey about the plight of children in post-Taliban Afghanistan.


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Kiss the Dust
Kiss the Dust
Elizabeth Laird

A historical novel about a young Kurdish girl’s flight from Iraq under Saddam.


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A Little Piece of Ground
 A Little Piece of Ground
Elizabeth Laird

A heart-wrenching look at the Israeli occupation of Palestine.


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Words in the Dust
Trent Reedy

A middle grade novel about a girl in Afghanistan with a cleft palate who yearns to read.

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Jinn in the Clock
The Jinn in the Clock
J.J.L. Simpson

Features a framed story from the storyteller Duwairig.


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The Memory of Hands
The Memory of Hands
Reshma Baig

A poetic collection of short stories about Muslims in America.


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Ahmad Deen and the Jinn at Shaolin
Ahmad Deen and the Jinn at Shaolin
Yahiya Emerick

Ahmad Deen travels to China and finds a mystery.


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A Wicked Wazir
A Wicked Wazir
J.J.L. Simpson

Linked to the previous title, again Duwairig frames a story of court intrigue.


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My Blue Country
My Blue Country
O.R. Melling

A thoughtful novel about an exchange visit to Malaysia.

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