Amina's Voice
“Amina’s anxieties are entirely relatable, but it’s her sweet-hearted nature that makes her such a winning protagonist.” —Entertainment Weekly

A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family’s vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school after tragedy strikes her community in this sweet and moving middle grade novel from the award-winning author of It’s Ramadan, Curious George and Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns.

Amina has never been comfortable in the spotlight. She is happy just hanging out with her best friend, Soojin. Except now that she’s in middle school everything feels different. Soojin is suddenly hanging out with Emily, one of the “cool” girls in the class, and even talking about changing her name to something more “American.” Does Amina need to start changing too? Or hiding who she is to fit in? While Amina grapples with these questions, she is devastated when her local mosque is vandalized.

Amina’s Voice brings to life the joys and challenges of a young Pakistani American and highlights the many ways in which one girl’s voice can help bring a diverse community together to love and support each other.

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  • Jeimy
    Mar 26, 2017


    At first glance this middle-school read is not extraordinary. It portrays the typical storyline of best friends whose interests seem to diverge as they enter middle school. What makes it different is the fact that its titular protagonist also has to deal with a visiting Pakistani uncle...

  • Scott Fillner
    Mar 26, 2017

    Scott Fillner

    Wonderful story! For me this was a window. I found myself stopping multiple times to learn more and connect with resources to find out about customs, beliefs, and traditions that I was unfamiliar with. This story also was a door in that it has been a great vehicle to allow me to build ...

  • Nadia Qazi
    Mar 26, 2017

    Nadia Qazi

    Love this! We need more books like this...I so identified with Amina's story as a Pakistani-American Muslim woman.How refreshing to see a character I can fully identify with in print.Thank you, Henna Khan, for writing this book.Change is coming, slowly but surely, and I hope more stori...

  • Frederic
    Mar 25, 2017


    A charming and encouraging little story of diversity and growing up, and as timely as can be. I got this when I saw the announcement because of a friend from Pakistan and my long interest in Korea; the two main characters are from those backgrounds. Middle school was an awful time for ...

  • Sabeeha Rehman
    Mar 23, 2017

    Sabeeha Rehman

    Beautiful! In a young girl's voice, it is the story of a Muslim girl growing up in a Pakistani-American family. It touches on every issue a Muslim tween experiences. Her parents reminded me of 'us' as parents, trying to make Muslims out of our kids. I have bought this book for my grand...

  • Joshua Rodriguez
    Mar 22, 2017

    Joshua Rodriguez

    2 words: Donald Trump ...

  • jia stark
    Mar 21, 2017

    jia stark

    3.5★ "Muslims have far more friends than enemies in this country. Some people don’t understand Islam or are misled and fear us." ...

  • Susie
    Mar 19, 2017


    I wanted to read this book because it takes place in my hometown. It is a delightful and insightful read dealing with relationships, religion, and elders. ...

  • Jana
    Mar 18, 2017


    Amina’s Voice is a charming middle-grade book by Hena Khan which introduces readers to Amina Khokar, a Pakistani-American Muslim girl. Amina and her best friend Soojin have just started sixth grade, and it’s a very stressful time for them: Soojin’s family is preparing ...

  • Kip
    Mar 18, 2017


    Both my nine-year-old and I each read this book in a day, and we both found so, so much to love about Amina and her story. There were many rich layers in the story, covering everything from the way friendship can change in middle school, to finding one's talents, to developing one's pe...