Muntaz’s parents want her to become a doctor. Yet, Muntaz wants to be the first YA novelist for Muslim youth, telling the stories of Muslim youth. Her teachers and friends know her promise and encourage her.
Like that dream, Muntaz hides other things from her parents- facial bleach, cosmetics, her feelings for Arif, and the Islam she is learning through him, from his brother. Things are changing. Muntaz, her friends, her family realise it, but Muntaz is certain she is in control. Then suddenly, she is not.
‘I Am Thunder And I Won’t Keep Quiet‘ is a brave, terrifying, lonely book. Muhammad Khan gets right into Muntaz’s soul; we know and care for her. We feel her isolation, desire to fit in, be recognised, do the right thing and know what that right thing might be. We long for her to have a fair chance.
We recommend ‘I Am Thunder And I Won’t Keep Quiet‘ without hesitation to our teen reading audience. This is a wonderful book that will linger with you, that you experience with the main character.
Inspired by television footage of young British Muslim girls leaving for Syria, Muhammad Khan has crafted a story of truths. ‘I Am Thunder And I Won’t Keep Quiet‘ is a story of finding a voice, a faith, assimilation and belonging, It is a story of ‘dreams beneath feet’ and hopes and fears. We recommend this brave novel hugely to older readers.