Rhonda Roumani and Hena Khan for TAGGING FREEDOM **IN-PERSON**
Loyalty is so excited to welcome Rhonda Roumani and Hena Khan for an IN-PERSON event celebrating the release of Tagging Freedom! Join us at Loyalty's Petworth store at 6:30 PM ET on Wednesday, November 29th for a discussion and audience Q&A, followed by a meet + greet & book signing! This event is free to attend but RSVPs are required—please use the form below. **Face masks are strongly encouraged for all attendees in the event space.** Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Kareem Haddad of Damascus, Syria, never dreamed of becoming a graffiti artist. But when a group of boys from another town tag subversive slogans outside their school, and another boy is killed while in custody, Kareem and his friends are inspired and start secretly tagging messages of freedom around their city.
Meanwhile, in the United States, his cousin, Samira, has been trying to make her own mark. Anxious to fit in at school, she joins the Spirit Squad where her natural artistic ability attracts the attention of the popular squad leader. Then Kareem is sent to live with Sam’s family, and their worlds collide. As graffitied messages appear around town and all eyes turn to Kareem, Sam must make a does she shy away to protect her new social status, or does she stand with Kareem?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rhonda Roumani is a Syrian American journalist who lived in Syria as a reporter for U.S. newspapers. She has written about Islam, the Arab world, and Muslim-American issues for more than two decades. Currently, she is a contributing fellow at the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at USC. Rhonda lives in Connecticut with her family.
ABOUT THE CONVERSATION PARTNER
Hena Khan writes picture books and middle grade fiction. Her bestselling middle grade novel Amina’s Voice was named a Best Book of 2017 by the Washington Post, NPR, Kirkus Reviews, and others. The sequel, Amina’s Song, won the 2021 Asian/Pacific Award for Children’s Literature. Hena is also the author of the Zayd Saleem Chasing the Dream series, the Zara’s Rules series, and More to the Story, a novel inspired by Little Women. Hena’s acclaimed picture books include Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns, Under My Hijab, Night of the Moon, and It’s Ramadan, Curious George. Her newest series is the Super You, a pick-your-path format.
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