Barakah Beats

Written by Maleeha Siddiqui

The story Barakah Beats was just as cute as the cover! Nimra is a 12 year old Pakistani American girl starting 7th grade and going to public school for the first time in her life. Nimra wants to fit in so badly that she starts telling small lies and doesn’t stay true to herself or her faith. As she gains more confidence in herself, she finds out who her true friends really are.

I learned a lot about the Muslim faith in this story, but I didn’t understand some of the Muslim words and terms used, especially for the clothing. In the end, I was wishing there was a glossary at the beginning or end of the book for the words used.

Reviewed by Jennifer Young, Media Clerk, Woodstock Elementary School Library
Review shared in November 2021
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 5-7

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Barakah Beats
Written by Maleeha Siddiqui
Scholastic Press
277 pages
Release Date: October 19, 2021
ISBN: 9781338702064
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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