The Partition Project

by Saadia Faruqi

On Sale: 02/27/2024

The Partition Project

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The Partition Project

by Saadia Faruqi

On Sale: 02/27/2024


About the Book

In this engaging and moving middle grade novel, Saadia Faruqi writes about a contemporary Pakistani American girl whose passion for journalism starts a conversation about her grandmother’s experience of the Partition of India and Pakistan—and the bond that the two form as she helps Dadi tell her story.

When her grandmother comes off the airplane in Houston from Pakistan, Mahnoor knows that having Dadi move in is going to disrupt everything about her life. She doesn’t have time to be Dadi’s unofficial babysitter—her journalism teacher has announced that their big assignment will be to film a documentary, which feels more like storytelling than what Maha would call “journalism.”

As Dadi starts to settle into life in Houston and Maha scrambles for a subject for her documentary, the two of them start talking. About Dadi’s childhood in northern India—and about the Partition that forced her to leave her home and relocate to the newly created Pakistan.

As details of Dadi’s life are revealed, Dadi’s personal story feels a lot more like the breaking news that Maha loves so much. And before she knows it, she has the subject of her documentary.

Critical Praise

"Replete with food-related memories, heart-wrenching stories, and warm tales of friendship, this is a riveting read. Maha confronts her own prejudices about the value of stories and what constitutes newsworthiness. In the process, she personally unravels her history and heritage (in ways that resonate with her American classmates who are also made to feel that they look like they’re “‘from somewhere else’”) and forges a new understanding of herself and her relationships. Powerful and timely." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063115811
  • ISBN 10: 0063115816
  • Imprint: Quill Tree Books
  • On Sale: 02/27/2024
  • Pages: 416
  • List Price:24.99 CAD
  • Ages: 8 to 12
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / Lifestyles / City & Town Life
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Parents
  • BISAC4 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / New Experience

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