I Am the Night Sky: & Other Reflections by Muslim American Youth

Shout Mouse. Jun. 2019. 194p. pap. $14.99. ISBN 9781945434938.
Gr 8 Up–Wonderfully curated, this volume is a strong collection of short stories, poetry, artwork, and more by 10 Muslim American teenagers known as the Next Wave Muslim Initiative Writers. The contributions are as diverse as the contributors themselves, with pieces ranging from a dystopian short story with eerie parallels to present-day refugee life, to a screenplay for a TV show in which four Muslim girls fight evil in the form of a man spewing false information. This is a necessary collection and important addition to the #OwnVoices movement, giving these young individuals an outlet to write about their experiences as young Muslim Americans.
VERDICT A great response to many false narratives that readers may have been exposed to. Recommended for libraries seeking authentic voices in their collections.

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