Publication Date: September 5, 2023
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Ages 10 to 14, Grades 5 to 8
A heartfelt, magic-inflected story of a mother-daughter relationship that deals gracefully with both huge loss and the everyday challenges of growing up
Safiya and her mother have never seen eye to eye. Her mother doesn't understand Safiya's love of gaming, and shy Safiya doesn't think she has anything in common with her vibrant, sometimes volatile mother. But when her mother falls into a coma, Safiya's whole world shifts. She finds herself dreaming about an unfamiliar setting and a rebellious girl who's distinctly familiar. Gradually she realizes that she's experiencing her mother’s memories of her childhood in Kuwait. As Safiya unlocks these memories the way she would unlock levels in a game, she finds a path to accepting loss and embracing who she is—someone not so different from her mother after all.
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