Zara Hossain is Here

by Sabina Khan
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Zara’s family has waited years for their visa process to be finalized so that they can officially become US citizens—but it only takes one moment for that dream to come crashing down around them. A timely look at what it means to be an immigrant in America, and the endurance of hope in the face of hate.
Some mature content and language.

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Seventeen-year-old Pakistani immigrant Zara Hossain has been leading a fairly typical life in Corpus Christi, Texas, since her family moved there for her father to work as a pediatrician. While dealing with the Islamophobia that she faces at school, Zara has to lie low, trying not to stir up any trouble and jeopardize her family’s dependent visa status while they await their green card approval, which has been in process for almost nine years.

But one day, her tormentor, star football player Tyler Benson, takes things too far, leaving a threatening note in her locker, and gets suspended. As an act of revenge against her for speaking out, Tyler and his friends vandalize Zara’s house with racist graffiti, leading to a violent crime that puts Zara’s entire future at risk. Now she must pay the ultimate price and choose between fighting to stay in the only place she’s ever called home—or losing the life she loves and everyone in it.
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    • Grades: 8 - 12
    • Ages: 14 - and up
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-1-338-58087-7