Omar Rising by Aisha Saeed (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2022). Omar Ali receives a scholarship to the distinguished Ghalib Academy Boarding School in Pakistan. He is excited to start school and join clubs and teams, but instead is met with many challenges that he has to overcome in an unfair and unequal educational system. (Grades 5-9)
Award Status: Winner, 2023
Age Category: Middle Grade Readers
Author: Aisha Saeed
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