Unsettled by Reem Faruqi

Description: When her family moves from Pakistan to Georgia, Nurah wants to blend in, yet she stands out for all the wrong reasons. Nurah’s accent, floral-print kurtas, and tea-colored skin make her feel excluded, until she meets Stahr at swimming tryouts. And in the water Nurah doesn’t want to blend in. She wants to win medals like her star athlete brother, Owais—who is going through struggles of his own in the U.S. Yet when sibling rivalry gets in the way, she makes a split-second decision of betrayal that changes their fates. Ultimately Nurah slowly gains confidence in the form of strong swimming arms, and also gains the courage to stand up to bullies, fight for what she believes in, and find her place.

Review: This is such a deeply moving story, and once I started I couldn’t put it down. Being a novel-in-verse, it reads easily and quickly, but there is so much beauty in every word. It’s a wonderful story about changes that comes when moving to a new country, using your voice for good, and growing into yourself. I can’t say enough positive things about this story, so when it comes out in May, everyone should buy a copy!

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