• Yusuf Azeem Is Not a Hero

  • By: Saadia Faruqi
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Yusuf Azeem Is Not a Hero

By: Saadia Faruqi
Narrated by: Vikas Adam
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Publisher's Summary

At a time when we are all asking questions about identity, grief, and how to stand up for what is right, this book by the author of A Thousand Questions will hit home with young listeners who love Hena Khan and Varian Johnson - or anyone struggling to understand recent US history and how it still affects us today.  

Yusuf Azeem has spent all his life in the small town of Frey, Texas - and nearly that long waiting for the chance to participate in the regional robotics competition, which he just knows he can win.

Only, this year is going to be more difficult than he thought. Because this year is the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, an anniversary that has everyone in his Muslim community on edge.

With “Never Forget” banners everywhere and a hostile group of townspeople protesting the new mosque, Yusuf realizes that the country’s anger from two decades ago hasn’t gone away. Can he hold onto his joy - and his friendships - in the face of heartache and prejudice?

©2021 Saadia Faruqi (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Fantastic coming of age story with a fresh perspective

I love this author and all of her work. It shows diversity, but also illustrates how much we have in common. Families may eat different foods, but they still share meals. The love in households is the same whatever language is spoken. I love the characters she creates and the events in this story are especially timely. Her characters give an important perspective in events we think we all know. Narration was great and story important for all ages.

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Intense and effective

I am not a kid but knowing other work by Saadia Faruqi decided to give the book a listen. What an intense and amazing book, marvellously narrated by Vikas Adam.
As all Americans, I exactly remembered where I was when the twin towers were hit, but as a Muslim my experience was more like Rahman. Rahman’s journal entries describing the events strangely allowed my to grieve after 20 years. Shed the tears that most Muslims were not able to shed, were not allowed to shed 20 years back.
Loved the hopeful ending.