Flying Over Water

Flying Over Water Review

Twelve-year-old Noura Alwan's family is granted asylum in the United States, after spending two years in a Turkish refugee camp, having fled war-torn Aleppo. They land in Tampa, Florida, on January 30, 2017, just days after the president restricted entry into the US from nations with a Muslim majority population.

Twelve-year-old Jordyn Johnson is a record-breaking swimmer, but hasn't swum well since her mom had a miscarriage during one of her meets. Her family has volunteered to help the Alwan family through their church. She knows very few people of Arab descent or who practice Islam.

The girls' lives intersect at Bayshore Middle School where Jordyn serves as the Alwan children's school ambassador. Noura knows that her family is safe from the civil unrest in her home country, but is not prepared for the adversity she now faces on American soil. Jordyn is sympathetic to Noura's situation, but there are other members of their Florida community who see the refugees' presence to be a threat to their way of life.While the president's Muslim ban tests the resolve and faith of many, it is friendship that stands strong against fear and hatred.

Title:Flying Over Water
Edition Language:English

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    Flying Over Water Reviews

  • Stephanie Fitzgerald

    A book that truly puts a “human face” on the situation with the Syrian refugees. It also covers PTSD, grief recovery, and what true friendship is all about.I would highly recommend this one for al...

  • Fafa's Book Corner

    Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner! Disclaimer: I received this E-ARC via Edelweiss+ and Qamar Blog Tours, as a part of the #FlyingOverWaterTour.Trigger Warning(s): Islamophobia, mention of miscarri...

  • Richie Partington

    Richie’s Picks: FLYING OVER WATER by Shannon Hitchcock and N.H. Senzai, Scholastic Press, October 2020, 272p., ISBN: 978-1-338-61766-5“Life can be bright in AmericaIf you can fight in AmericaLife ...

  • Farah  Fakhirah

    ⁣Noura is a refugee from Syria. As she settled on Florida, she struggled with many things--from adjusting to the culture, the school, and the amount of Islamophobia that she experiences. Meanwhile, ...

  • Prutha Pimpalgaonkar

    Read this review with many others on my blogThis is a masterpiece and a very, very important book that I urge you all to read. This book is definitely one of the top ten books I read this year and it ...

  • Kirin

    This middle grades, upper elementary book is a character driven contemporary story of two friends with their own fears coming together: one a native of Tampa, the other one a refugee from Syria arrivi...

  • Dotty

    Jordyn and Noura are navigating life and its myriad heartaches, challenges, and joys. Told from the point of view of the two main characters and their families, the authors have given us a window and ...

  • Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by EdelweissWhen Jordyn's mother offers to help Noura Alwan's family settle in Tampa, Florida, Jordyn hopes that it will improve her mother's mood. Since her mother had a miscarriage, t...

  • Nabila Shaikh

    Flying over water is one of the best middle-grade books I’ve read so far. It follows Noura, a Syrian refugee trying to adjust to life in America, and Jordyn, a girl who’s facing anxiety and unable...

  • Barbara

    Twelve-year-old Noura Alwan and her family arrive in Tampa, Florida where they've been granted asylum right on the heels of the executive ban against Muslim travel in early 2017. They've left behind a...