Aisha Saeed - Grounded & The Together Tree

Here at Little Shop, we believe that there's only one thing better than a new book... TWO new books, which is why we're so incredibly excited to announce our upcoming author event with our beloved Aisha Saeed in celebration of her two new books: Grounded and The Together Tree!!! These two books are filled with so much love and imagination and we cannot wait to spend an evening talking about them, doing a little related craft, and having snacks, so see below on how you can get in on all the fun and meet this amazing author!

Tickets:

Admission: $0 That's right, admission is free! However, you still need to "purchase" a ticket for every person in your group. Please reserve your spot here!

You must purchase one of these books from Little Shop of Stories in order to enter the signing line!

Venue:

Little Shop of Stories

About the books:

Grounded: When a thunderstorm grounds all flights following a huge Muslim convention, four unlikely kids are thrown together. Feek is stuck babysitting his younger sister, but he’d rather be writing a poem that’s good enough for his dad, a famous poet and rapper. Hanna is intent on finding a lost cat in the airport—and also on avoiding a conversation with her dad about him possibly remarrying. Sami is struggling with his anxiety and worried that he’ll miss the karate tournament that he’s trained so hard for. And Nora has to deal with the pressure of being the daughter of a prominent congresswoman, when all she really wants to do is make fun NokNok videos. These kids don’t seem to have much in common—yet.

Told in alternating points of view, Grounded tells the story of one unexpected night that will change these kids forever.

The Together Tree: At his new school, quiet Rumi feels small and unwelcome, and a few kids bully him for his brown skin and bright shoes. He finds refuge beneath the old willow tree by the playground and builds his own world of hope and dreams of belonging.

One day, when Rumi is made a target again, one of his classmates bravely steps in to defend him. It’s in that moment of solidarity Rumi’s class finally realizes that under the shade of the willow tree, all are welcome, and they create a space they can all play in—together.

About the author:

Aisha Saeed is the author of Written in the Stars, which was listed as a Best Book of 2015 by Bank Street Books, a 2016 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, and named one of the Top Ten Books All Young Georgians Should Read in 2016. She is also the author of the middle grade novel Amal Unbound, which has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews and is a Global Read Aloud for 2018. Her other picture books include Bilal Cooks Daal and The Together Tree. Aisha is a founding member of the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books. She has been featured on MTV, HuffPost, NBC, and the BBC, and her writings have appeared in publications including the journal ALAN and the Orlando Sentinel.

Event date: 
Saturday, June 3, 2023 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
133A East Court Square
Decatur, GA 30030
Grounded By Aisha Saeed, S. K. Ali, Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, Huda Al-Marashi Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419761751
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - May 9th, 2023

Four kids meet at an airport for one unforgettable night in this middle-grade novel by four bestselling and award-winning authors—Aisha Saeed, Huda Al-Marashi, Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, and S. K. Ali.

When a thunderstorm grounds all flights following a huge Muslim convention, four unlikely kids are thrown together.


The Together Tree By Aisha Saeed, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Aisha Saeed, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534462960
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 30th, 2023

All Are Welcome meets Be Kind in this poignant and accessible picture book about the power every bystander—no matter how small—has to extend kindness and stand up in the face of intolerance.

At his new school, quiet Rumi feels small and unwelcome, and a few kids bully him for being different and wearing bright shoes.