Indies Introduce

Middle Grade

  • Barakah Beats, Maleeha Siddiqui
    Scholastic Press, 9781338702064, October 19, 2021 (Middle Grade)

    “For the first time, Nimra and her friend Jenna will be going to the same school as Nimra leaves her private Islamic school  and starts seventh grade at a public school. Barakah Beats is an upbeat take on maneuvering through middle school and remaining steady when life gets rocky.”

    Connie Griffin, Bookworks, Albuquerque, NM

    “Maleeha Siddiqui has written a joyful debut that features a diverse cast of Muslim characters headlined by a superstar in 12-year-old Nimra. Whether at her Islamic school or navigating the hallways of her new secular school, Nimra is a groundbreaking girl who just wants to shine her light and share her passions, which include art, her faith, and friendship. I loved her and her friends as they gave each other the chance to be their best selves.”

    Brein Lopez, Children’s Book World, Los Angeles, CA

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