Samira Surfs by Rukhsanna Guidroz; illustrated by Fahmida Azim (Kokila, 2021). This novel in verse transports middle grade readers to the sandy beaches of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh where twelve-year-old Rohingya refugee, Samira, discovers a passion for surfing following her family’s perilous escape from war torn Myanmar.
Award Status: Highly Commended
Author: Rukhsanna Guidroz
Illustrator: Fahmida Azim
Read more and purchase on the author’s website.