Susan Muaddi Darraj
Susan Muaddi Darraj won the American Book Award for her novel-in-stories, A Curious Land. She grew up in Philadelphia, but now lives in Baltimore, Maryland. When she was young, she had trouble finding books with Arab American characters, so she decided to create the Farah Rocks series, which is published by Capstone Books. She loves reading, writing, and playing baseball. She is also the proud mom of three children, all of whom are avid readers!
Twitter and Instagram: @SusanDarraj
Farah Rocks Fifth Grade (January 2020, Capstone Books)
Written by Susan Muaddi Darraj, Illustrated by Ruaida Mannaa
Farah and her best friend, Allie Liu, are getting excited to turn in their applications to the Magnet Academy, where they both hope to attend sixth grade. But when new girl Dana Denver shows up, Farah's world is turned upside down. As Dana starts bullying Farah's little brother, Samir, Farah begins to second-guess her choice to leave him behind at Harbortown Elementary/Middle School. Determined to handle it on her own, Farah comes up with a plan--a plan that involves lying to those closest to her. Will her lies catch up with her, or can Farah find a way to defeat the bully and rock fifth grade?