Once Upon an Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices

Category: Book
Illustrated By: Alfageeh, Sara
Edited By: Ali, S. K.
Edited By: Saeed, Aisha
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Age 10-14 Canadian
  JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Other, Religious
  JUVENILE FICTION / Religious / Muslim
  JUVENILE FICTION / Short Stories
Publisher: Amulet Paperbacks
Published: April 2021
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 8.00in x 5.50in x 1.25in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*Now in paperback, a joyous short story collection by and about Muslims, edited by New York Times bestselling authors Aisha Saeed and S. K. Ali
Eid! The short, single syllable word conjures up a variety of feelings and memories for Muslims. Maybe it's waking up to the sound of frying samosas or the comfort of bean pie, maybe it's the pleasure of putting on a new outfit for Eid prayers, or maybe it's the gift giving and the holiday parties, or carnival rides to come that day. Whatever it may be, for those who cherish this day of celebration, the emotional responses may be summed up in another short and sweet word: joy.
Contributors include G. Willow Wilson, Hena Khan, N. H. Senzai, Hanna Alkaf, Rukhsana Khan, Randa Abdel-Fattah, Ashley Franklin, Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, Candice Montgomery, Huda Al-Marashi, Ayesha Mattu, Asmaa Hussein, and Sara Alfageeh.

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"This special anthology about family traditions, sharing meals, giving presents, and delighting in the cultural uniqueness of people all over the world isn't just for those who celebrate Eid; it's for all who want to share and learn about the holidays." 
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"The diversity within the collection is impressive, including several blended families and a recently converted one, and while the writing varies in style and quality, each story is engaging, full of emotion and thought. . . This thoughtful and uplifting volume will keep readers turning pages year-round; here's to many more."
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"A range of diverse, multidimensional characters-among them Shia Muslim, converted Muslim, Algerian, Caribbean, and West African representation-results in a stimulating, celebratory read." 
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"Emotions seem to spill straight off the pages in this absolute triumph of a celebratory anthology."
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"A joyous title that radiates love. This much-needed collection is recommended as a first purchase for all libraries."
Review Quote*"A delightful and varied collection of stories for middle-grade readers showcases a cross-section of Muslim experiences of the joyous Eid holidays."
Review Quote*"Joyful reunions, irritating relatives, fancy clothes, and special, heartfelt gifts appear in many of the tales, giving an overall tone of warmth and playfulness, and even the stories that take a more somber approach end with possibilities of hope and optimism."
Biographical NoteAisha Saeed is the author of Written in the Stars, which was a YALSA Quick Pick, and Amal Unbound, which was a New York Times bestseller and received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. She is also a founding member of We Need Diverse Books.

S. K. Ali is a teacher whose debut novel, Saints and Misfits, was a Morris finalist, an Entertainment Weekly Best YA Book, and a Kirkus Reviews Top 10 Teen Novel. Her second novel is Love from A to Z. Her writing on Muslim culture and life has also appeared in the Toronto Star.