The Henna Wars

Jaigirdar, A.
Sixteen-year-old Nishat, a Muslim Bangladeshi living in Ireland, faces an array of challenges: she comes out as a lesbian to her parents but they shut her out; Flavia, a childhood friend, returns to the school and they develop a relationship, but Nishat is angry when Flavia runs a henna business to compete with her own in a school competition; and Nishat is outed at school and faces racism as well as homophobic bullying. Through it all, Nishat stays strong and carries on with a clear sense of herself. This engaging novel, suitable for literature circles, small group reading, and class discussions, focuses on themes of racism, homophobia, bullying, identity, and cultural appropriation.
LGBTQ, Novel
English Language Arts
  • 7-10

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