Skunk Girl by Sheba Karim


Author: Karim, Sheba
Title: Skunk Girl
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Copyright Date: 2009
ISBN: 9780374370114
Format: Book
Rating: Excellent
Grades: 7-10
Curriculum Framework: History and Social Sciences, English
Genre: Realistic Fiction/Multicultural

Review:
As if things weren’t difficult enough for Nina Khan being the only Pakistani Muslim girl in her small town high school in upstate New York. She also has to follow in the footsteps of her “Supernerd” older, perfect sister. She is forbidden to date or attend social events and worst of all she is covered with a row of hair running down her back very similar to a skunk’s stripe.

Deer Hook High, even the name is dorky, is the primary backdrop for this story about a sixteen-year-old girl caught between two cultures. Nina wants to obey her parents and uphold her Muslim beliefs, but she also wants to experience all the things her fellow classmates experience including crushing on Asher Richelli.

Nina is nothing like her perfect, genius sister, Sophia. She stages a small rebellion against her parents and discovers that sometimes there are more important things in life than being the center of attention and popularity. Or is there?

Reviewer’s Name: Susan L. Beauregard
E-mail Address: susanb@noblenet.org
Library/City: Reading Public Library, Reading, MA
Date of Review: 3/8/11

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