Author(s): Muhammad Khan
Fifteen-year-old Muzna Saleem is passionate about writing and dreams of becoming a novelist. There's just one problem - her super-controlling parents have already planned her life out for her:
Step 1) Get educated
Step 2) Qualify as a doctor
Step 3) Marry a cousin from Pakistan.
Oh, and boyfriends are totally haram.
No one is more surprised than humble Muzna when high school hottie, Arif Malik, takes an interest in her. But Arif and his brother are angry at the West for demonizing Islam and are hiding a terrible secret. As Arif begins to lead Muzna down a dark path, she faces a terrible choice: keep quiet and betray her beliefs, or speak up and betray her heart?
I Am Thunder is the debut novel from stunning YA voice, Muhammad Khan, which questions how far you'll go to stand up for what you believe.
I am thunder . . . and I won't keep quiet.
A shy girl trying to find her place in the world is forced to stand up and be heard when she uncovers a dangerous secret.
This book has both funny and intense moments. There are some very funny scenes where Muzna is trying to get around her terribly staid parents, and at school. And there are a lot of intense scenes over friendships, love, and beliefs.
This is a very topical teen novel set in London amongst Pakistani immigrants and Muslim radicals (no, they are not necessarily the same!), told in a fresh voice that makes great reading.
* Kathleen, @ Dorothy Butler Children's Bookshop. June 2018 *
'This fierce, fresh UK debut has one of the most distinctive narrators I've read in ages. Muzna's warmth and heart transform what could have been a gritty "issues" book into a powerful call for hope and standing up for your beliefs.' * Bookseller *
An exciting new voice in YA * Netgalley Books of the Month *
Muhammad Khan is a maths teacher in a secondary school in Tooting and takes his inspiration from the children he teaches, as well as his own upbringing as a British-born Pakistani. He lives in South London and will be studying for a creative writing MA next year at Roehampton.