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What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Khan does a great job of explaining Bisma's illness and treatment in an honest, straightforward way that educates but never overwhelms readers with information.
Putting aside your differences and working together helps everyone get through tough times.
Positive Role Models
Jam doesn't just talk about becoming a journalist, she's already started working toward being one. She's created a family newspaper and takes on a big job as the first seventh grader to be Features editor of her school paper. Jam also has to learn and face up to some hard lessons, when she makes a mistake and someone is hurt by what she's written. She's compassionate with her ill sister and donates something of her own to a charity that helps children with the same disease.
"Hell" used once.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that More to the Story, by Hena Khan (Amina's Voice), is an engaging re-imagining of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. The modern-day storyline features four Muslim sisters from Atlanta, who are part of a football-loving, pasta- and ice cream-eating Pakistani American family. Narrated by 13-year-old Jamela (Jam) Mirza, the novel, like Alcott's classic, is about the bonds of sisterhood, the ties that hold families together through tough times, and a girl who has big dreams for her future. When one sister falls seriously ill, Khan explains her illness and treatment to readers in an accessible, honest, and sensitive way.
Is It Any Good?
Readers who loved the March sisters of Little Women are sure to be delighted by this warm and engaging contemporary retelling featuring four Pakistani American sisters. The Mirza family of More to the Story is faced with tough fictional challenges that may be real life challenges for some readers: a family member with a serious illness, a parent out of work and looking for a job.
Khan does a particularly good job at presenting the storyline about Bisma's illness. While never underplaying the seriousness of what Bisma faces, she takes readers step by step through her diagnosis and treatment, explaining things along the way in just enough detail to help them understand what's happening but never overwhelming them with hard-to-understand terminology.
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