A 2016 USBBY Outstanding International Book
Booklist: This book is rich with realistic, complex details about Islam, agency, urban life, and friendship. Amina’s story is at once culturally specific, unique and universal, so that readers from all walks of like will find moments of connection. Politically relevant, this timely story offers many opportunities for classroom discussion.
Kirkus: Amina Khalid is a sweet, amiable teenager—and a solid counterexample to Islamophobia and negative notions about Somalis.
A 2015 New Mexico Book Award Finalist
“Fiery impact.” –Publishers Weekly
George was one of those kids. You know, the kind that never stays still. And then one day, the doctor said he was going blind. Did that slow George down? Not for a single second. In fact, he was so fast, he went on to break a world record for blind runners. And now he’s breaking more barriers—because ironically, George Mendoza, blind painter, paints what he sees.
Named a Best Book of 2011 by Kirkus
Winner of the 2012 Patterson Prize for Books for Young People, ages 7-12
Winner of the annual Texas Institute of Letters Best Young Adult Book, 2012
Bank Street’s Best Books of the Year List, 2012
“The tense story builds skillfully to an anguished revelation readers will want to discuss.” Booklist, June 7, 2011.
A 2013 Skipping Stones Honor Book
A 2012 Notable Books for a Global Society Book
“”Seventeen wrenching accounts…from witnesses who as children or teenagers were caught up in wars or internecine violence….War’s most vulnerable victims, stepping up to have their say.” Kirkus Reviews
“Readers will be rewarded by [this] compelling and often uplifting anthology … The humor, beauty, and humanity shining through the darkness are what make this collection a must-have for all libraries serving high school students.” School Library Journal