Internment

By: Samira Ahmed

Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens. With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the internment camp's Director and his guards. Heart-racing and emotional, Internment challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today.

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ISBN: 9780316522694

JLG Release: Jul 2019


Sensitive Areas: Mild sexual themes, Racism, Strong language, Violence, Islamophobia, Torture, Racist slur
Topics: Prejudices , Muslims , Muslim Americans , Concentration camps , Revolutionaries , Science fiction

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Awards & Honors

2019 Goodreads Choice Award Nominee

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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Xenophobic fear-mongering, book burnings, terrified families rounded up in the middle of the night to be thrown into internment camps—all painfully familiar elements of America’s past and present—descend upon Layla Amin’s near-future world like a drizzle that steadily becomes a torrent. Seventeen-year-old Layla watches as a racist and Islam Xenophobic fear-mongering, book burnings, terrified families rounded up in the middle of the night to be thrown into internment camps—all painfully familiar elements of America’s past and present—descend upon Layla Amin’s near-future world like a drizzle that steadily becomes a torrent. Seventeen-year-old Layla watches as a racist and Islamophobic president emboldens a hateful regime that considers all Muslims to be threats. Ripped from her home and sent to a desert camp, Layla resists the appalling injustice, refusing to accept terror and imprisonment as “normal.” And she is not alone: other teens and even a few guards join Layla in plans to expose the camp and attain their freedom. But with fellow Muslims being beaten or disappearing to black-ops sites and a sadistic camp director prepared to destroy the resistance by any means, freedom may come at the cost of lives. The line between dystopian and contemporary realism has never been fuzzier, and Ahmed doesn’t so much balance on it as erase it, in an emotionally authentic, devastatingly intimate, and startlingly concrete portrait of democratic impotence, governmental oppression, and the mechanics that keep them in place.

Book Details

ISBN

9780316522694

First Release

July 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

9 1/2" x 10 1/2"

Page Count

384

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.7; Points: 13;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level HL660L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Little, Brown BFYR

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Mild sexual themes, Racism, Strong language, Violence, Islamophobia, Torture, Racist slur

Topics

Prejudices, Muslims, Muslim Americans, Concentration camps, Revolutionaries, Science fiction,

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