Ahmed Aziz's Epic Year
by Nina Hamza
After his dad gets sick, Ahmed and his family move from Hawaii to Minnesota. Ahmed cannot imagine a worse place to live. To top it off, he's one of the only brown kids in his school. Not one to excel at school, Ahmed surprises himself by reading all the books assigned to him in class, and he doesn't hate them. Then Ahmed starts to learn about his family's past, particularly his uncle. Getting these insights into his family is one of the few highlights of the move. Ahmed's future in Minnesota seems precarious as he waits for his dad's health and his social standing to improve. This middle grade novel is heartwarming, compassionate, and cheeky.