Ask Me No Questions
"You forget. You forget you don't really exist here, that this isn't your home."
Since emigrating from Bangladesh, fourteen-year-old Nadira and her family have been living in New York City on expired visas, hoping to realize their dream of becoming legal U.S. citizens. But after 9/11, everything changes. Suddenly being Muslim means you are dangerous -- a suspected terrorist.
When Nadira's father is arrested and detained at the U.S.-Canadian border, Nadira and her older sister, Aisha, are told to carry on as if everything is the same. The teachers at Flushing High don't ask any questions, but Aisha falls apart. Nothing matters to her anymore -- not even college.
It's up to Nadira to be the strong one and bring her family back together again.
Age: 12 and up
Number of Pages: 176
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (September 11, 2007)
Author: Marina Budhos
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
KitaabWorld Book Review: This gripping tale puts a human face on the issue of illegal immigration. Narrated by Nadira, the teenage protagonist, in a tense voice that recalls her Bangladeshi-Muslim family’s immigration to the US, overstay after their visas expire and the sudden exposure of their life of living in the shadows post 9/11. When their father disappears, the family is shattered. The novel showcases how Nadira steels herself against prejudice and the long shadows of fear. This book is also part of our MUSLIM KIDS AS HEROES book list.