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This Book Won’t Burn by Samira Ahmed

Genre: Young Adult Realistic Contemporary

Publishing Date: May 7, 2024



From the New York Times bestselling author of Internment comes a timely and gripping social-suspense novel about book banning, activism, and standing up for what you believe. 

After her dad abruptly abandons her family and her mom moves them a million miles from their Chicago home, Noor Khan is forced to start the last quarter of her senior year at a new school, away from everything and everyone she knows and loves. Reeling from being uprooted and deserted, Noor is certain the key to survival is to keep her head down and make it to graduation.  But things aren’t so simple. At school, Noor discovers hundreds of books have been labeled “obscene” or “pornographic” and are being removed from the library in accordance with a new school board policy. Even worse, virtually all the banned books are by queer and BIPOC authors.  Noor can’t sit back and do nothing, because that goes against everything she believes in, but challenging the status quo just might put a target on her back. Can she effect change by speaking up? Or will small-town politics—and small-town love—be her downfall? 


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About the Author:

Samira Ahmed is the bestselling author of Love, Hate & Other FiltersInternmentMad, Bad & Dangerous to KnowHollow Fires, and the Amira & Hamza middle-grade duology, as well as a Ms. Marvel comic book mini-series.  Her poetry, essays, and short stories have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies including the New York TimesTake the MicColor Outside the LinesVampires Never Get Old and A Universe of Wishes.

She was born in Bombay, India, and grew up in Batavia, Illinois, in a house that smelled like fried onions, spices, and potpourri. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Samira has taught high school English in both the suburbs of Chicago and New York City, worked in education non-profits, and spent time on the road for political campaigns.


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When I saw the tour advertised for This Book Won't Burn I knew I wanted to be a part of it as Samira isn't afraid of writing about important subjects.

I've always wondered what it would be like to live in a Country that banned certain books and Samira took me on a journey seen through the eyes of Noor who was such an amazing character when she moved to a small town to and fought for the right to read even if it meant being thought of a troublemaker but she knew how important it was for people to see themselves in books.

This is all I am going to say but I will say that this book should be on every curriculum as it raises important issues and would make a excellent discussion tool

For all the above reasons This Book Wont' Burn receives 5 stars.

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