Samira Surfs

by Rukhsanna Guidroz (Author) Fahmida Azim (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade

A middle grade novel-in-verse about Samira, an eleven-year-old Rohingya refugee living in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, who finds peace and empowerment in a local surf club for girls. Samira thinks of her life as before and after: before the burning and violence in her village in Burma, when she and her best friend would play in the fields, and after, when her family was forced to flee. There's before the uncertain journey to Bangladesh by river, and after, when the river swallowed her nana and nani whole. And now, months after rebuilding a life in Bangladesh with her mama, baba, and brother, there's before Samira saw the Bengali surfer girls of Cox's Bazar, and after, when she decides she'll become one.

Samira Surfs, written by Rukhsanna Guidroz with illustrations by Fahmida Azim, is a tender novel in verse about a young Rohingya girl's journey from isolation and persecution to sisterhood, and from fear to power.


Kirkus

A compassionate and well-rounded picture of refugee life.

School Library Journal

Starred Review
A compelling novel that spotlights the history and contemporary circumstances of the Rohingya while tackling universal themes of friendship, belonging, and identity.

ALA/Booklist

[T]his novel shines a light on a subject rarely addressed in middle grade fiction.
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9781984816191
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publication date
June 20, 2021
Series
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