Drawing Deena Launch with Hena Khan & Saira Mir

Join us at Scrawl Books on Monday, February 5 at 7PM as we welcome award-winning authors Hena Khan and Saira Mir to celebrate the release of Hena’s new middle grade novel, Drawing Deena!


ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Hena Khan is a Pakistani American writer. She is the author of the middle grade novels Amina’s VoiceAmina’s SongMore to the Story, and the Zara’s Rules series and picture books Golden Domes and Silver LanternsUnder My Hijab, and It’s Ramadan, Curious George, among others. Hena lives in her hometown of Rockville, Maryland, with her family. You can learn more about Hena and her books by visiting her website at http://HenaKhan.com or connecting with her @‌HenaKhanBooks.

Saira Mir is a physician and author of the award-winning picture book Muslim Girls Rise, which she wrote for her daughter and other children to have Muslim feminist role models. As an OB-GYN, she has cared for many families through pregnancy loss, but could not find the book she needed to help support her daughter through grief over her own family’s loss, which inspired her to write Always Sisters. She lives in the DC area with her kids and is always on the hunt for the next best playground and bubble tea.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

From the award-winning author of Amina’s Voice and Amina’s Song comes a tenderhearted middle grade novel about a young Pakistani American artist determined to manage her anxiety and forge her own creative path.

Deena’s never given a name to the familiar knot in her stomach that appears when her parents argue about money, when it’s time to go to school, or when she struggles to find the right words. She manages to make it through each day with the help of her friends and the art she loves to make.

While her parents’ money troubles cause more and more stress, Deena wonders if she can use her artistic talents to ease their burden. She creates a logo and social media account to promote her mom’s home-based business selling clothes from Pakistan to the local community. With her cousin and friends modeling the outfits and lending their social media know-how, business picks up.

But the success and attention make Deena’s cousin and best friend, Parisa, start to act funny. Suddenly Deena’s latest creative outlet becomes another thing that makes her feel nauseated and unsure of herself. After Deena reaches a breaking point, both she and her mother learn the importance of asking for help and that, with the right support, Deena can create something truly beautiful.

Event date: 
Monday, February 5, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
11911 Freedom Drive
Reston, VA 20190
Drawing Deena By Hena Khan Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534459915
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - February 6th, 2024