Parents' Guide to

More to the Story

By Lucinda Dyer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Warm Little Women update stars Pakistani American sisters.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Heartwarming. Emotional. Beautiful.

The book was AMAZING and I loved it SOOOOOOO much! Only thing to look out for is the intensity revolving around Bisma's diagnosis Sex/Nudity: None. But mentions of girls thinking that Ali is cute, mentions of a guy asking Maryam to the dance and it becoming a big deal, mentions of boys, mentions of Ali thinking that Jam is the loveliest of the Mirza girls, mentions of hand-holds, hugs and things like that... Violence/Gore: None. Though some of the verbal fights between Jam and her sisters can be pretty intense for younger children. Profanity: One use of "bl**dy h*ll", the usual insults (ie. stupid, dumb, idiot, etc.), a few uses of brat and one use of "crap" Frightening/Intense: The financial struggles mentioned are pretty intense, when Baba has to leave for six months to establish a new CDC hospital in Abhu Dhabi that is pretty intense for the girls and everything gets frightening and intense after Bisma's diagnosis. It is also pretty intense hearing about Ali's past! Overall, the book was splendiferous! And, currently re-reading Little Women, I can see the similarities! Hope you liked this review (I also write on Goodreads under the name G. Ugorji) - Stay tuned for more :^)

This title has:

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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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