Cover Revealed for Middle Grade Novel in Verse “Kareem Between”

The book, described as a “heartfelt coming-of-age novel in verse,” tells the powerful story of a seventh grade Syrian American boy and his struggles, big and small, as he navigates middle school.

Cover Revealed for Middle Grade Novel in Verse “Kareem Between”
"Kareem Between" is Safadi's first middle grade book.

The bookstagram account Muslim Book Reviewers just revealed the cover for “Kareem Between,” an upcoming middle grade book by Shifa Saltagi Safadi. The book, described as a “heartfelt coming-of-age novel in verse,” tells the powerful story of a seventh grade Syrian American boy and his struggles, big and small, as he navigates middle school.

The cover of “Kareem Between” was designed by Maria Fazio and illustrated by Oriol Vidal.

“So excited to announce my debut middle grade novel,” Safadi wrote in an Instagram post when the book was first announced. “A poetry book … about being both Syrian and American and navigating being between: between countries, between siblings, between friends, between football — and the beauty found in the middle. This is the story of my whole heart.”

Read the description of the book from the publisher, Penguin Random House:

Seventh grade begins and Kareem's fall should be off to a great start. But he's already fumbled it.
His best friend moved away, he bungled his tryout for the football team, and because of his heritage, he was voluntold to show the new kid — a Syrian refugee with a thick and embarrassing accent — around school. Just when Kareem thinks his middle school life has imploded, the hot-shot QB promises to get Kareem another tryout for the squad. There's a catch: to secure that chance, Kareem must do something he knows is wrong.
Then, like a surprise blitz, Kareem's mom returns to Syria to bring her aging parents out of a war zone and to the United States. But a new executive order prevents her from coming home. If Kareem could throw a penalty flag on the fouls of his school and home life, it would be for Unnecessary Roughness.
Kareem is stuck between. Between countries. Between friends, between football, between parents — and between right and wrong. It's up to him to step up, find his confidence, and navigate the beauty and hope found somewhere in the middle.

“Kareem Between” will publish Sept. 10, 2024, from G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers. Preorder your copy at the link below.

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