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September Kid Readers Unite (KRU) book discussion of Barakah Beats
Tuesday, September 28 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Kid Readers Unite book discussion (KRU)
Are you in ENTERING Grades 4-6 and LOVE to read? Do you want to get a free book just for reading? Then KRU is for you!
Parents sign up your child to get a free advance reader copy (arc) of this month’s title. Pick up the book from our Curbside Kids Cart, read it, show and participate in a fun discussion-and the book is yours to keep!
This month’s title: Barakah Beats by Maleeha Siddiqui
Program open to kids entering Grades 4, 5, and 6.
This discussion will occur on Zoom. The link to this virtual program will be emailed out on Mon. 9/27, the day before the program.
Limited number of books available. Due to high demand for this title, we ask that you pickup your book within 5 days of registration.
How does this work:
1. Sign up for this event online.
2. Pick up the book from the 2nd Floor Kid’s Desk.
Library hours: Mon.-Thurs. 10-7 PM, Fri. 10-5 PM, Sat. 10-1 PM in August.
No appointment needed.
3. Read the book and show up to the Zoom meeting on Tues. 9/28, 5:00-6:00 PM and you get to keep the book!*
*The rule is if you miss the discussion, you have to turn your book back in, to be fair.
What is this book about?
For fans of The First Rule of Punk and Save Me a Seat, Barakah Beats is a sweet, powerful, and joyous novel about a Muslim girl who finds her voice on her own terms… by joining her school’s most popular boy band.
Twelve-year-old Nimra Sharif has spent her whole life in Islamic school, but now it’s time to go to “real school.” Nimra’s nervous, but as long as she has Jenna, her best friend who already goes to the public school, she figures she can take on just about anything.
Unfortunately, middle school is hard. The teachers are mean, the schedule is confusing, and Jenna starts giving hijab-wearing Nimra the cold shoulder around the other kids.
Desperate to fit in and get back in Jenna’s good graces, Nimra accepts an unlikely invitation to join the school’s popular 8th grade boy band, Barakah Beats. The only problem is, Nimra was taught that music isn’t allowed in Islam, and she knows her parents would be disappointed if they found out. So she devises a simple plan: join the band, win Jenna back, then quietly drop out before her parents find out.
But dropping out of the band proves harder than expected. Not only is her plan to get Jenna back working, but Nimra really likes hanging out with the band — they value her contributions and respect how important her faith is to her. Then Barakah Beats signs up for a talent show to benefit refugees, and Nimra’s lies start to unravel. With the show only a few weeks away and Jenna’s friendship hanging in the balance, Nimra has to decide whether to betray her bandmates — or herself.
Prior to the program, first time program attendees may receive a call to confirm registration information for safety issues. If we are unable to confirm information, you will not be let in the day of the program.