Sadiq and the Desert Star (Sadiq #1)

by Siman Nuurali (Author) Anjan Sarkar (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Sadiq

When Sadiq's father leaves on a business trip, he worries he'll miss his baba too much.

But Baba has a story for Sadiq: the story of the Desert Star. Learning about Baba's passion for the stars sparks Sadiq's interest in outer space.

But can Sadiq find others who are willing to help him start the space club of his dreams?

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Gr 2-4—After visiting an observatory with his school class, Sadiq and a few of his classmates form a space club. They want to buy a telescope so they can spend more time looking at the stars and planets. When buying a telescope proves too expensive, the children make plans to build one instead. They work together to provide food for the school fundraiser to earn money for supplies to build their telescope. Sadiq's family is from Somalia, and references to the country, language, and traditions are blended into the text. A story told to Sadiq by his Baba (father) inspires his interest in the stars before the field trip. Full-color illustrations, a glossary, facts about Somalia, and a list of Somali terms are included along with activities to extend learning. VERDICT A pleasant, informative read that blends family and STEM themes; recommended for general purchase.—Heidi Grange, Summit Elementary School, Smithfield, UT

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Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Picture Window Books
Publication date
August 01, 2019
BISAC categories
JUV029000 - Juvenile Fiction | Nature & the Natural World | General
JUV013060 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Parents
JUV035000 - Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
JUV011010 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States - African-American
JUV039250 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Emigration & Immigration
JUV045000 - Juvenile Fiction | Readers | Chapter Books
JUV039280 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Religion & Faith
Library of Congress categories
Fathers and sons
United States
School field trips
Children of immigrants
Muslim families

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