Accused : My Story of Injustice
by Ba, Adama

Chapter 1 Unsheltered
Chapter 2 Taken
Chapter 3 Questioned
Chapter 4 Framed
Chapter 5 Violated
Chapter 6 Bargained
Chapter 7 Changed
Chapter 8 Freed
Continue The Discussion85(6)
Get Involved91(2)
Author's Acknowledgments99(4)
Editors' Acknowledgments103

"Launching a propulsive middle grade nonfiction series, a young woman shares her harrowing experience of being wrongly accused of terrorism. Adama Bah grew up in East Harlem after immigrating from Conakry, Guinea, and was deeply connected to her community and the people who lived there. But as a thirteen-year-old after the events of September 11, 2001, she began experiencing discrimination and dehumanization as prejudice toward Muslim people grew. Then, on March 24, 2005, FBI agents arrested Adama and her father. Falsely accused of being a potential suicide bomber, Adama spent weeks in a detention center being questioned under suspicion of terrorism. With sharp and engaging writing, Adama recounts the events surrounding her arrest and its impact on her life-the harassment, humiliation, and persecution she faced for crimes she didn't commit. Accused brings forward a crucial and unparalleled first-person perspective of American culture post-9/11 and the country's discrimination against Muslim Americans, and heralds the start of a new series of compelling narrative nonfiction by young people, for young people"-

In this true story, teenager Adama Bah's life is turned upside down by unjust laws in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. The new I, Witness series of chapter books brings true stories of young people living through historic moments to young readers. In this volume, Guinean immigrant Bah recounts how her life changed after the Sept. 11 attacks in New York City. Bah, 13, is at an Islamic boarding school in Buffalo when the attacks occur. She returns home to New York City to celebrate Ramadan wearing full niqab. But her city and her country have changed: She is the focus of hateful treatment, and in 2005 she and her father are detained. The officers interrogate Bah while denying her constitutional right to an attorney, lying to her, and treating her with complete disrespect. After her release, the aftereffects continue to disrupt her life, and she eventually decides to fight back through the courts. Bah writes with an honesty and urgency that will keep readers turning pages through this fast-paced story. With large font, generous spacing, and simple language, it makes for a very accessible introduction to serious topics. The direct access to Bah's thoughts as she lived through this painful experience helps readers identify with the humanity inside us all and eschew the politics of othering. Series companion Hurricane, by Salvador Gómez-Colón, relates the experiences of a Puerto Rican teen in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Eye-opening, thought-provoking history for every classroom and bookshelf. (timeline) (Memoir. 8-14) Copyright Kirkus 2021 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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