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Nura and the Immortal Palace

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Although Maa wants Nura to stop working and attend school, she has no interest in classroom learning and hopes to save up to send her younger siblings to school instead so they can break the family’s cycle of poverty. however, it was also that that propelled nura to do everything and anything she can to get everyone out.

Nura and the Immortal Palace by M T Khan - Publishers Weekly Nura and the Immortal Palace by M T Khan - Publishers Weekly

I can't tell you how wonderful it felt to read a children's book with the protagonist drooling for gulab jamuns. The author’s note touches on climate change, the illegal ivory trade, and conservation efforts, but the highly emotive framing of the story through the memories of a bewildered baby elephant emphasizes the impact of lines such as “ ‘in Africa,’ I say softly, ‘there were bad people,’ ” without offering readers a nuanced understanding of the broader context that drives poaching. Yet they aren’t nearly as treacherous as her mother made them out to be, because Nura is invited to a luxury jinn hotel, where she’s given everything she could ever imagine.Some with backwardsfeet or grizzly, towering horns; others that could fly and even disguisethemselves as humans. I was pleasantly surprised to read direct Islamic and Quranic references as the majority of Muslim books are white-washed for sake of the majority of readers.

Nura and the Immortal Palace by M. T. Khan - digital pack

M.T Khan handles these topics in such an appropriate way allowing young readers to pick up on the message woven into the story seamlessly. Nura and the Immortal Palace made it on my tbr list from the day I saw it on the author's Twitter account and I am more than glad that it was everything it promised to be.Nura and the Immortal Palace is a middle grade fantasy about 12 year old Nura, who works in the mica mines to support her family but when the mine collapses and her friends disappear, she finds herself whisked away into a secret world ruled by the jinn.

Nura and the Immortal Palace | Centre for Literacy in Primary

Last year’s overall winner was The Last Bear by Hannah Gold, which saw an increase in sales of 434% across Waterstones after its win.

Guiding us into a mysterious and glitzyworld of jinn, serving us sweet bites of gulab jamun, all while shedding light on the chilling reality of child labor in our world, Khan's debut is one that will linger with me long after turning the last page. Faisal, a side character and Nura’s closest friend shines throughout the story too, despite being a side character.

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