Four Eids and a Funeral

Feiwel & Friends. Jun. 2024. 336p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781250890139.
Gr 9 Up–Said and Tiwa haven’t been friends for years; in fact, they may just despise each other. But a funeral for their favorite librarian brings Said back to town on the same day a fire destroys their community’s Islamic Center. With the mayor planning to demolish the rest of the Islamic Center, Tiwa reluctantly reaches out to Said for help. What begins as an art piece Said needs for his art school application becomes an earnest project to not only save the Islamic Center but also Said and Tiwa’s relationship. Writing duo Àbíké-Íyímídé and Jaigirdar pen a charming tale of two teens whose love for their community restores their strained relationship. The funny intro and excellent overarching themes create the enjoyable dual perspective of miscommunications and growth as Said and Tiwa face challenges within their families and friends. The representation of the diverse Muslim American community, grief over lost loved ones, and familial expectations bring heart to this story, but would thrive with a little more expansion. Even with some fragmented moments, the story ties up nicely (if a bit too easily) and will satisfy readers. Said’s family is Bangladeshi and Tiwa’s family is Yoruban.
VERDICT A sweet romance about finding your way back to those who matter most.

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