Books by Na’ima B. Robert

GOING TO MECCA by Na’ima B. Robert
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Follow this contemporary family, but pack some more expertise in your imaginary suitcase. (Picture book. 6-9)"
The trip to Mecca, the Hajj, is the most important religious event in the life of a Muslim. Read full book review >
FAR FROM HOME by Na’ima B. Robert
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Unsubtle in all the right ways. (Fiction. 13-17)"
A Shona girl ejected from her home shares thought-provoking parallels with a white girl forced from her own 25 years later. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2009

Somalia is still in the news after years of civil war, and its war refugees go to many countries. Safia lives in London in a close-knit Somali neighborhood, where all her actions are seen. This is both safe and too confining for an adolescent in contemporary Britain. She practices Islam in a traditional way and has a good friend, Hamida, who shares her religion. Her extended family members are close, but she embraces the one young woman who has broken out of the family mold. Safia's poetic personality and her sense of isolation are found often in books for this age group, but her back story is thin. It opens with news about the father's impending arrival, but he always seems like a shadow, as does her older brother. Near the end of the novel, the family's situation—the father has remained for many years in Somalia while the mother and three children emigrated to London—is finally explained, but it is almost too late to have enough meaning for readers unfamiliar with such situations. But for readers willing to work, Safia is worth knowing. (glossary) (Fiction. 11-14)Read full book review >