You all remember Hena Khan? The author who captured all of our hearts with Amina’s Voice? Well, she’s back with another book, and it’s just as powerful as the first one. In More to the Story, readers get to meet Jameela (Jam) Mirza, a determined aspiring journalist, and her family and tag along for the wild ride that is Jam’s seventh grade year.
And what a wild ride it is. Jam and her family have to deal with so much – Jam’s father has to move overseas for work, her mother has to work extra hours, and on top of all of that, what Jam thought was just a passing illness in her younger sister turns out to be something much more serious. And Jam’s trying her best to write a newspaper article to win a competition and make her father proud, but it might’ve just cost her a new friend. Everything seems to be falling apart, and Jam doesn’t know what to do – you can’t help but root for her as she tries to navigate the mess her life has become.
The best part of this book is, without a doubt, Jam’s relationships with the people around her. Her relationships with her sisters will especially have you crying into your pillow. The four of them – Jam, Bisma, Aleeza, and Maryam – are the true embodiment of siblings. They exasperate one another, they frustrate one another (except for Bisma – she’s the literal embodiment of human sunshine), but they always support one another and are there for each other. When their father goes overseas, they realize how hard it will be for all of them, so they rally together to help their mom manage.
Amid all this, the sisters also find time to befriend Ali, a British Pakastani boy new to the U.S. Jam’s budding friendship (flirtationship?!) with Ali was adorable. As they begin to hang out more and more, he and Jam grow closer, especially after the editor-in-chief of her school newspaper asks her to interview him. The way they learn from one another and how they become better people because of it is guaranteed to give you all the feels.
Hena Khan has once again created the perfect middle-grade book, one guaranteed to sweep its readers up into the story. With its lovable main character, crazy big family, and cute friendships, More to the Story is, definitely, a book you must not miss.
Representation // Muslim Pakastani-American main character, Muslim Pakastani-American side characters, Muslim Pakastani-British side character
About More to the Story
From the critically acclaimed author of Amina’s Voice comes a new story inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic, Little Women, featuring four sisters from a modern American Muslim family living in Georgia.
When Jameela Mirza is picked to be feature editor of her middle school newspaper, she’s one step closer to being an award-winning journalist like her late grandfather. The problem is her editor-in-chief keeps shooting down her article ideas. Jameela’s assigned to write about the new boy in school, who has a cool British accent but doesn’t share much, and wonders how she’ll make his story gripping enough to enter into a national media contest.
Jameela, along with her three sisters, is devastated when their father needs to take a job overseas, away from their cozy Georgia home for six months. Missing him makes Jameela determined to write an epic article—one to make her dad extra proud. But when her younger sister gets seriously ill, Jameela’s world turns upside down. And as her hunger for fame looks like it might cost her a blossoming friendship, Jameela questions what matters most, and whether she’s cut out to be a journalist at all…
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Surina is an avid reader who spent most of her childhood buried in books, and who hopes to spend more of her life doing the same. She is perpetually tired and likes to spend her (nonexistent) free time complaining to her dog. Some of her favorite books are Aru Shah and the End of Time, Timekeeper, and The Priory of the Orange Tree. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram.