Yasmin in Charge (Yasmin Set #5-#8)

by Saadia Faruqi (Author) Hatem Aly (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Yasmin
In this collection of four stories, Yasmin takes charge of some sticky situations! At home, at school, or out and about, Yasmin faces challenges head on with creativity and quick thinking. Whether she's creating a new recipe, finding a way to rescue a stuck toy for a little friend, or calming down monkeys (and classmates!), a clever solution to any problem is just around the corner!
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Starred Review

Gr 1-3 Whether it means watching her class for the teacher, finding food everyone will love for a family gathering, fixing a small disaster during a zoo field trip, or being a superhero, Yasmin has what it takes to be in charge. In four easy reader-style short stories, readers will find themselves relating to Yasmin's real-life challenges and cheering for her as she saves the day. Delightful full-color illustrations complement and enhance the text. The font is large, bright, and the perfect match for the interest level. In each situation, Yasmin and her friends and family members display kindness, thoughtfulness, and critical thinking skills. Elements of Yasmin's Pakistani American culture and Urdu words are introduced in the stories and defined and discussed in the back matter, which also includes a discussion question for each story, an Urdu language glossary, fun facts about Pakistan, and DIY instructions for creating a paper-bag superhero. The cast of supporting characters includes people from a diverse array of nationalities, abilities and ages. VERDICT This gem of an easy reader is as cheerful and engaging as its protagonist. A must-buy for any library serving newly independent readers.-Emily Beasley, Omaha Public Schools

Copyright 2019 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Saadia Faruqi
Saadia Faruqi is a Pakistani American author, essayist, interfaith activist, and author of the Yasmin books, an early reader series about a Pakistani American girl. She lives with her husband and children in Houston, Texas, where she is editor-in-chief of Blue Minaret, a magazine for Muslim art, poetry, and prose.

Laura Shovan is the author of two previous middle grade novels, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary and Takedown. She lives with her family in Maryland, where she is a longtime poet-in-the-schools for the Maryland State Arts Council.
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Picture Window Books
Publication date
March 20, 2019
BISAC categories
JUV001000 - Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
JUV035000 - Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
JUV011020 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States - Asian American
JUV043000 - Juvenile Fiction | Readers | Beginner
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