In the Name of God
By Paula Jolin
(Roaring Brook Press, Hardcover, 9781596432116, 208pp.)
Publication Date: April 3, 2007
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Seventeen year-old Nadia is an excellent student, daughter and sister, and above all wants to be the best Muslim she can be. But she's conflicted about her Westernized peers, the economic, social and political struggles of her country, and the war raging in Iraq. When her cousin is arrested by the authorities for speaking out, Nadia finds herself drawn into the world of Islamic fundamentalism, contemplating making the ultimate sacrifice to take a stand for her people and her religion. A striking debut, IN THE NAME OF GOD is an enlightening and nuanced story about life in the Middle East.
Paula Jolin spent most of the last decade living and working in the Middle East. She has a masters degree in Islamic Studies and has written a number of articles about Islam and the Arab world that have appeared in national children's magazines. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. This is her first novel.