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Laura's March 2019 pick, 2 of 3
Written in prose so smooth it feels like honey, Internment by Samira Ahmed has the potential to change the world. It follows Layla and her family as they are whisked away from their home in California and plopped in the middle of an internment camp just a few miles away from Manzanar. Their struggles there are almost palpable, and more than a little timely. In a world where people are attacked and children are killed simply for being Muslim, for daring to practice their faith, I think this book belongs in every home, every school, every library. It's important, and I believe this book has the potential to change the way we look at the world.
“The Hate U Give meets The Handmaid’s Tale in this slightly futuristic and dystopian version of America in which Muslim Americans are placed in internment camps. Ahmed’s book starts out with Layla describing how the real-life statements and policies of Trump’s America led from our current world to the horror of the book. Internment shines in showing not only Layla and her friends’ resistance, but also the life and humor the characters exude, even during their darkest days. A revelation that deserves as much recognition and praise as Angie Thomas’ debut work.”
— Christine Stamper, Bookbug, Kalamazoo, MI
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