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Monday, January 28, 2008

Hot Off the Presses: Sophia's Journal

The following is a press release I acquired from Muslim Writers Publishing:

(For the record, this sounds like an amazing book).

I am a little late posting this, so you will have to check with the publisher on the price.

Muslim Writers Publishing is happy to announce the forthcoming publishing of Sister/IWA member Najiyah Helwani's new book, Sophia's Journal: Time Warp 1857... an historical sci-fi book written especially for older youth and teens. A good read for adults too... perfect as a supplemental book for any school's American History course! This exciting Islamic Fition book for Teens will be released and available within the next three weeks!

Book Details:

During a bike ride with her family near Lawrence, Kansas, Sophia Ahmad falls into a river and is washed downstream. She emerges in 1857 – smack in the middle of Bleeding Kansas

Sophia is an American Muslim teenager who's intelligent, feisty, and determined, yet also a bit of a germophobe, among other anxieties. A high school sophomore, Sophia is on the verge of
getting her driver's permit and embarking on a summer of mall visits and evenings at Caf? Rumi with her friends when she suddenly finds herself living in the past.

Just as Sophia is beginning to adjust to her new surroundings, she is aghast to find that slavery is being practiced in her adopted community. She and her adopted sister Abby set about fighting for the freedom of the slaves they know.

Along the way a local boy captures Sophia's heart, but when he proposes marriage she is torn about marrying outside her faith. Sophia turns to an old Gambian slave who is still a closet Muslim. He helps her work out her fears, and this causes an exciting, dangerous and unexpected turn of events, in which Sophia learns that the best cure for worrying about oneself is taking care of others.

Author Najiyah Diana Helwani's love of her American roots blends beautifully with her Islamic faith, and readers will be delighted to discover that the two are not mutually exclusive. Raised on the windswept prairies of central Kansas, Helwani's connection to and research of frontier life manifest in an interesting and realistic setting for Sophia's adventure. The book includes a glossary and several unique recipes that are specific to its period in history.

Author Bio:

Najiyah Diana Helwani is a teacher and freelance writer whose published credits include poetry and magazine & newspaper articles. Sophia's Journey: Time Warp 1857 is her first Islamic Fiction novel, and the first novel to bear the Islamic Fiction emblem. Najiyah currently teaches English and writing in Damascus, Syria, where she lives with her husband and six children. When she is in the USA she conducts workshops on Islam and the history of United States'
relations with the Middle East.

List price $10.95


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