Booktalking "Zara Hossain Is Here" by Sabina Khan

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Booktalking "Zara Hossain Is Here" by Sabina Khan

Zara Hossain feels like she is climbing a mountain. As the only Muslim girl in school, she faces discrimination. Tyler and friends, in particular, seem to enjoy degrading her identity right to the very core. It starts off with hurtful comments. When she reports this, the abuse escalates to vandalizing her property. Then they take it further. Tyler approaches her home, and when the teenage girl's father attempts to intervene, he is injured. The hate keeps intensifying, rapidly growing flames of hurt that threaten to engulf not only her but her entire family. 
Luckily, Zara has some things to be grateful for in this world. Zorro, her spunky canine, is always a pleasure. Nick and Priya, bffs at school, support her as if she were their own kin. Ammi and Abbu's concern and care for her keeps her alive. At times, the pain and bullying almost bring her down, but friends and loved ones buoy her, for which she is immensely grateful. Zara does not know how she would function in their absence. 
When will hatred and discrimination cease being passed down from generation to generation?
How much is too much?
Does someone have to die to put a stop to this inanity? 
Zara Hossain Is Here by Sabina Khan, 2021
I loved the book, and I was impressed by Khan's deep, realistic look into a disturbing phenomenon.

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