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Drawing Deena

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the DRAWING DEENA by Hena Khan Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours.

Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway! Link in bio.

About Drawing Deena

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Author: Hena Khan

Pub. Date: February 6, 2024

Publisher: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 240

Find it: Goodreads or Here 

From the award-winning author of Amina’s Voice and Amina’s Song comes a tenderhearted middle grade novel about a young Pakistani American artist determined to manage her anxiety and forge her own creative path.

Deena’s never given a name to the familiar knot in her stomach that appears when her parents argue about money, when it’s time to go to school, or when she struggles to find the right words. She manages to make it through each day with the help of her friends and the art she loves to make.

While her parents’ money troubles cause more and more stress, Deena wonders if she can use her artistic talents to ease their burden. She creates a logo and social media account to promote her mom’s home-based business selling clothes from Pakistan to the local community. With her cousin and friends modeling the outfits and lending their social media know-how, business picks up.

But the success and attention make Deena’s cousin and best friend, Parisa, start to act funny. Suddenly Deena’s latest creative outlet becomes another thing that makes her feel nauseated and unsure of herself. After Deena reaches a breaking point, both she and her mother learn the importance of asking for help and that, with the right support, Deena can create something truly beautiful.

My Thoughts

I absolutely adored this book! Deena is the girl you quickly love. The character growth throughout the story is remarkable as she grows into herself and takes charge of her life. The rise of social media has cursed all of us but imagine being a young girl, unsure of yourself, and having Western standards bombarding you. Enter the rebel who reminds us beauty is more than a filter. Her mom’s support of therapy is a blessing and reiterates the fact that everyone needs help at one time or another. Remarkable.

About the Author

Hena Khan is a Pakistani American writer. She is the author of the middle grade novels Amina’s VoiceAmina’s Song, More to the Story, and the Zara’s Rules series and picture books Golden Domes and Silver LanternsUnder My Hijab, and It’s Ramadan, Curious George, among others. Hena lives in her hometown of Rockville, Maryland, with her family. You can learn more about Hena and her books by visiting her website at or connecting with her @HenaKhanBooks.

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Drawing Deena Giveaway 

1 winner will receive a finished copy of DRAWING DEENA, US Only.

Ends February 6th, midnight EST

Sign up HERE and good luck!

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Tour Schedule for Drawing Deena

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