Hello, bookworms! Now that things have calmed down a bit after coming back from NYC (I attended BEA) I am getting back into my reading routine. I’m so excited to announce the next Dragons & Tea Book Club pick for July.
Our July book will be:
The Dates & Breakdown:
July 8th: Pages 1–68 “Zayneb Saturday March 9. Oddity: Unpredictable Creatures”
July 9th: Pages 69–134 “Adam Tuesday March 12. Marvel: Strangers”
July 10th: Pages 135–207 “Adam Sunday March 17. Marvel: Zayneb at the Perfect Place”
July 11th: Pages 208–276 “Zayneb Tuesday March 19. Oddity… And Marvel: Plotters”
July 12th: Pages 277–End
(Chapter titles & subtitles are included since the chapters aren’t numbered. I hope this is helpful if you are reading on an eReader or audio. Read the chapter that includes the mentioned section above for that day.)
Why we chose this book:
This book is a love story in the time of islamaphobia. It stars a Muslim girl and a boy who has multiple sclerosis. We think this is going to be such an important and powerful read, and we can’t wait to boost this ownvoices YA book!
A marvel: something you find amazing. Even ordinary-amazing. Like potatoes—because they make French fries happen. Like the perfect fries Adam and his mom used to make together.
An oddity: whatever gives you pause. Like the fact that there are hateful people in the world. Like Zayneb’s teacher, who won’t stop reminding the class how “bad” Muslims are.
But Zayneb, the only Muslim in class, isn’t bad. She’s angry.
When she gets suspended for confronting her teacher, and he begins investigating her activist friends, Zayneb heads to her aunt’s house in Doha, Qatar, for an early start to spring break.
Fueled by the guilt of getting her friends in trouble, she resolves to try out a newer, “nicer” version of herself in a place where no one knows her.
Then her path crosses with Adam’s.
Since he got diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November, Adam’s stopped going to classes, intent, instead, on perfecting the making of things. Intent on keeping the memory of his mom alive for his little sister.
Adam’s also intent on keeping his diagnosis a secret from his grieving father.
Alone, Adam and Zayneb are playing roles for others, keeping their real thoughts locked away in their journals.
Until a marvel and an oddity occurs…
Marvel: Adam and Zayneb meeting.
Oddity: Adam and Zayneb meeting.
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See you then! ❤