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When boys from her community start harassing her, Ainy needs to figure out how to get them to stop--while still staying true to herself.

For fans of Maybe He Just Likes You and Dress Coded.

12-year-old Ainy Zain is excited for summer! She plans to work at her mom’s clothing boutique, hang out with her best friend, and maybe even start to wear the hijab--just like her big sister. But when certain boys from Ainy’s Muslim community keep showing up at the store to give her unwanted attention, she goes from possibly wanting to wear the hijab someday to feeling like she needs to wear it to get the boys to leave her alone.

With the help of her best friend and her older sister, Ainy must channel her inner creative strength and find the confidence to stand her ground and get the respect she deserves.

This is a compulsively readable and thought-provoking story about sisterhood and staying true to yourself by acclaimed author Maleeha Siddiqui.

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Edited by: Emily Seife

Cover Illustration: Sara Alfageeh

Cover Design: Omou Barry

Advance Praise

"Engaging and hugely relevant: an empowering gem."

– Kirkus, *starred review*
"Give this story to children everywhere. A powerful story of finding your voice and using it to advocate for yourself."

– School Library Journal, *starred review*
"Full of on-point middle-grade insight into the complexities of Muslim dress for girls, an affirming feminist undercurrent, and family who are as comforting as a cup of chai."

– Booklist
"Ainy Zain, aspiring fashion designer, is all bold colors and sparkles, but when she gets unwanted attention from annoying boys, she starts to question herself. Any Way You Look is a perfect fit for readers who love stories about friendship and family and standing up for yourself. I loved learning more about the Muslim community and fashion!"

- Debbi Michiko Florence, author of Keep It Together, Keiko Carter
"Siddiqui's prose is as light and airy as Ainy's fashionable designs, but layered underneath is a powerful message to speak up for oneself and find your voice. ANY WAY YOU LOOK gives an insightful glimpse into a Muslim tween's life and is not only enthralling, but necessary and timely."

- Reem Faruqi, award-winning author of Call Me Adnan and Unsettled
“Young readers will instantly relate to Any Way You Look's vibrant and sensitive heroine as she navigates the treacherous waters of unwanted attention. This book perceptively illuminates how tricky it can be to tune out the world's noise and connect to the voice within. A touching, important story.”

– Brigit Young, author of The Prettiest
"An enchanting, coming of age must read, especially if you are a superfan of forever friendships, first crushes, and fabulous fashion!"

– Erika Kendrick, author of Squad Goals


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