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Sophia's Journal: Time Warp 1857

4.9 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0979357725
ISBN-10: 0979357721
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: D MCNICHOL, LLC dba Muslim Writers Publishing (January 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979357721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979357725
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,533,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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So by way of full disclosure I am a friend of the author. She asked a group of friends to read her book and we all agreed that YA fiction is not our normal genre but we "read it just for Najiyah". Later we have agreed that we were totally blown away by the book. We started reading for our friend, but as we got into the book we were totally enthralled and couldn't put it down. Maa shaa Allah Najiyah has done such a amazing job of weaving a clever, exciting story that is so many things- it is historically accurate, it is educational, it is exciting with a VERY dramatic and unexpected ending, it involves multiple heroines (no heroes mind you, only WOMEN and GIRLS save the day in this book) with the guts to act on their strong beliefs (they even use guns and bows and arrows!) all with some very strong metaphors and lessons for Muslim girls who might feel confused about their identity in the modern world. I now tell my friends that I consider this a must-read for all Muslim moms and daughters alike. Read it aloud to your children if they are not quite at the reading level the book requires, talk about the themes, and most of all enjoy the story and its characters. I have three daugters who LOVE this book. It is also "clean" and tackles some tough issues without resorting to any "mature" or inappropriate content yet it is still interesting enough for teenagers. The story is still interesting and easy to understand enough for my 7 year old to enjoy hearing it read aloud.

In fact we all loved it so much that we have been pestering her to write a sequel. She originally declined but you will be glad to know she is now working on one!

My only criticism is that you will notice there are a LOT of typos in the book due to a botched copyediting process.
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In spite of the fact that this book is described as Islamic Teen Fiction, it's just a good story. Najiyah Diana Helwani accurately depicts life in pre-Civil War Kansas. Her time-travel tale is well written, with vivid characters and a story that describes good people making hard moral choices under difficult circumstances. It is, quite simply, an excellent read.
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Finally, a well written novel about a teenage Muslim! After Sophia hits her head and wakes up in pre- civil war Kansas, this modern American Muslim has to figure out how to live as a practicing Muslim in a society that has never heard of Muslims. Fortunately for her, a good Christian family takes her in and helps her adjust while accepting that she prays differently and wears a scarf out of religious conviction.
This is also an excellent historical novel with careful attention to accurately portraying "bloody Kansas" as the state struggles to decide whether it is a free or slave state. I recognized my older Missouri relatives in the novel's characters as otherwise exemplary folks easily accepting the prejudices of slave owners, and others who didn't approve but hesitated to get involved.
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I usually read non-fiction books relating to social and/or political issues. I was really glad to have stepped out of my shell and venture with Sophia. I can't wait until my children read this book. I am so glad this kind of literature exists, fun, exciting, adventurous, historical, honorable, and down right heavenly. Thank you my beloved sister for the joy ride
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I ordered Sophia's Journal: Time Warp 1857 not knowing what to expect. I was delighted by the story line which was creative and interesting. I liked the characters and was eager to find out what would happen for them. The author presents a simple and factual characterization of a young American Muslim girl without preachiness or stereotype. An excellent book to acquant young readers with the pre-civil War culture and politics as well as a glimpse into the life of a teen from one of America's subcultures and diverse ethnicities. I have now read it twice and am passing it on to a friend who is a language arts teacher.
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