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About the Author

J. Samia Mair has published two children’s books with The Islamic Foundation, Amira’s Totally Chocolate World, and The Perfect Gift, which have been favourably received. She is currently a staff writer for SISTERS Magazine. Additionally, she has published articles, stories, and poems in books, magazines, anthologies, scientific journals, online news sources, and elsewhere. This is her first chapter book for kids. She lives in Odenton, Maryland, USA.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 6
  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Kube Publishing Ltd (November 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184774057X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847740571
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,266,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Margaret Johnson on January 9, 2014
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I really enjoyed reading this book with my daughter. We took turns reading pages, and we both really wanted to know what would happen to the peach tree which in an interesting way became a character in the story. This story is about a brother and sister who visit their Grandmother, a Turkish immigrant and widow, who lives in the fictional, small town of Fairfax, MD. It's an adventure tale revolving around a crisis that happens when a grouchy neighbor moves next door. The characters are Muslim and as such there are Islamic references throughout like common phrases that would be said in a Muslim home such as Alhumdulilah (All praises to God), and inshallah (God willing). For me, these seemed natural and did not detract. Also, the Grandmother at times remind the kids of traditional stories or sayings as a way to guide their behavior or figure out how to deal with a problem. The author includes references at the back for those who might be unfamiliar with these stories.

This is a great adventure story that would be a wonderful choice for any parent wanting to promote a love of reading and good morals and manners in their children. The book is suitable for 3-5 graders, although I will confess to enjoying it quite a bit myself.
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For my daughter, I plan to read it too. I found it a must buy because I know the author and I have her other 2 books (Amira's Totally Chocolate World and The Perfect Gift and there is mention of the story in Fairfax, MD (if your from the DC metro area, you'll find that funny because there is a Fairfax but its a county and city in Northern VA)..so I find that amusing and local sounding :)
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The great race to sycamore street is a funny, and great book. I have personally chosen this book as one of my top favorites. I am a bookworm just like anami (a character in the book) and when I started reading this book, I felt like I was inside the witnessing the events. If you didn't read this book yet. YOU SHOULD!!! And I mean it!
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My boys are enjoying this book immensely. They do not want me to put it down. The story is very exciting for them and they are also learning new words. Highly recommend it!
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A great story that my kids love. Its so nice when you find a story the kids enjoy with a message parents love.
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