Search Results: "Fatima Sharafeddine"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SERVANT by Fatima Sharafeddine
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 14, 2013

"Fans of literary and historical fiction will be drawn to this rich portrayal of the challenges faced and opportunities forged by brave young women in patriarchal, war-torn Lebanon. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
First published in Arabic in 2010, this is the compelling story of a determined young woman coming of age during the Lebanese civil war in 1987. Read full book review >

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THE AMAZING TRAVELS OF IBN BATTUTA by Fatima Sharafeddine
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"A ho-hum outing next to James Rumford's first-class Traveling Man (2001). (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
A first-person précis of the journeys taken by the Muslim world's greatest traveler. Read full book review >

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STEALING FATIMA by Frank X. Gaspar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"A modern-day folk tale that finds the divine spirit resting in the strangest places."
A troubled New England pastor wrestles with the mysteries of God and man. Read full book review >

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FATIMA AND THE DREAM THIEF by Rafik Schami
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"A visual treat with a gutsy heroine at its center. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The wealthy lord of a castle strikes a peculiar deal with a desperately poor boy, Hassan. Read full book review >

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FATIMA & THE CLEMENTINE THIEVES by Mireille Messier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"This sweet tale of ingenuity and kindness to all creatures tries, but it does not fully measure up to its potential. (Picture book. 4-7)"
How do you stop elephants from trampling your orchard, damaging your trees, and destroying your ripe clementines every night? Read full book review >

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YAFFA AND FATIMA, SHALOM, SALAAM by Fawzia Gilani-Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2017

"A subtle, visually arresting introduction to ethnic relations. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this retelling of a tale rooted in both Jewish and Arab traditions, two neighbors are friends despite perceived religious tensions of the community. Read full book review >

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FATIMA AL FIHRIA, STORY OF THE FOUNDER OF AL QARAWIYIN by Masarat App
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 20, 2012

"While not heavily interactive, this picture-book biography of a Muslim woman known for her devotion to both religion and education may be useful for audiences interested in Islam and women's history. (iPad storybook app. 6-9)"
Although the story of a woman founding a university in Morocco in 859 has fascinating possibilities, this app is little more than a picture book with one touch-activated feature per page. Read full book review >

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ON MARDI GRAS DAY by Fatima Shaik
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Shaik's narrative is deliberately child-centered, offering an insider's view of the day but not quite succeeding in beckoning newcomers to it. (Picture book. 4-8)"
It is dawn on a day of street parties, and children are donning minimalist costumes (an underwater mask for a deep-sea diver, a cowboy hat to evoke a cowboy) so that "even those who love us must guess our identities." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1994

"As fundamentalism grows in the Middle East and more women return to the veil, the repressive lifestyle Mernissi depicts may not be just a sad relic of the past but an ominous sign of the future."
Prominent Middle Eastern scholar Mernissi's (Beyond the Veil, not reviewed) childhood memoir should be titled ``The Making of a Muslim Feminist.'' Readers expecting a narrative about a sultan's harem where voluptuous Venuses loll in silk-draped palaces will be disappointed; Mernissi's subject is the domestic harem of her extended family. Read full book review >

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THE SHADOW OF THE CRESCENT MOON by Fatima Bhutto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2015

"Bhutto (Songs of Blood and Sword, 2011, etc.) has crafted a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people's war games and desperately trying to survive."
Set in the small Pakistani border town of Mir Ali, this novel rotates among the points of view of three brothers, telling stories of past and present violence and building to a fever pitch of terror. Read full book review >

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SONGS OF BLOOD AND SWORD by Fatima Bhutto
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A bleak, disturbing picture of a country of strategic importance to American foreign policy."
A memoir/political history of Pakistan's famous feuding political dynasty, penned by a young family member whose father, grandfather, uncle and aunt all met violent deaths. Read full book review >