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The Weight Of Our Sky

ISBN-10: 1534426086
ISBN-13: 9781534426085
Author: Alkaf, Hanna
Interest Level: 7-12
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: February 2019

Copyright: 2019

Page Count: 288


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Interest Level

Grades 7-12

Reading Level

Guided Reading: Z+
Lexile: 830L
Accelerated Reader Level: 5.7
Accelerated Reader Points: 10.0

BISAC Subjects

YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / General (see also headings under Social Themes) *

YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism *

Description
A music loving teen with OCD does everything she can to find her way back to her mother during the historic race riots in 1969 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in this heart-pounding literary debut. Melati Ahmad looks like your typical movie-going, Beatles-obsessed sixteen-year-old. Unlike most other sixteen-year-olds though, Mel also believes that she harbors a djinn inside her, one who threatens her with horrific images of her mother's death unless she adheres to an elaborate ritual of counting and tapping to keep him satisfied. A trip to the movies after school turns into a nightmare when the city erupts into violent race riots between the Chinese and the Malay. When gangsters come into the theater and hold movie-goers hostage, Mel, a Malay, is saved by a Chinese woman, but has to leave her best friend behind to die. On their journey through town, Mel sees for herself the devastation caused by the riots. In her village, a neighbor tells her that her mother, a nurse, was called in to help with the many bodies piling up at the hospital. Mel must survive on her own, with the help of a few kind strangers, until she finds her mother. But the djinn in her mind threatens her ability to cope.
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