Girls Rock Indonesia

Interlink. (Against All Odds). Nov. 2022. 32p. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781623718084.
Gr 3-8–Three Muslim girls living in a small Indonesian village discover a passion for heavy metal music, inspired by their teacher who encourages them to indulge without fear. With their teacher’s guidance and their parents’ support, the girls form their own band and make music that connects them to their faith and to their daily lives. Bellante takes great care to touch on the openness of the Islamic faith, dispelling stereotypes. Schargorodsky’s colorful illustrations show contemporary images, with girls wearing hijab with casual clothing, playing musical instruments, and being entirely relatable young women. Pastel colors give the scenes an appealing softness. Back matter includes an author’s note providing context. Inspired by a true story, Girls Rock Indonesia is part of the “Against All Odds” series, spotlighting brave boys and girls from all over the world.
VERDICT A recommended first purchase for all collections.

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