The Unlovable Alina Butt

  • Pages:208
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Series: Alina Butt
  • Themes:fitting in, humor, self-esteem, kindness, Muslim
  • Available:05/16/2023
  • Lexile:650L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:W
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Fitting in at a new school is hard enough, but when you’re an awkward, big-nosed, nerdy Pakistani girl with a funny last name, it can seem impossible.

Eleven-year-old Alina Butt has changed schools four times already since her family moved to England from Pakistan. Even after all that practice, she doesn’t seem to be getting any better at being the new kid. Mocked for her last name and her "weird" lunches, Alina has had enough! Taking a leap of faith to try and stand out for the "right" reasons, Alina auditions for the school play. Her hopes of landing the lead role in Cinderella are dashed when her new friend gets the part of Cinderella instead...and her bully is cast as Prince Charming!

Alina must rely on her stubborn will and wacky sense of humor to survive the endlessly embarrassing and ridiculous situations she finds herself in and discover her own unique way to shine!

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“In this charming, tightly plotted debut, Alina’s witty, vulnerable narratorial voice guides readers through her intensely authentic personal evolution.”
– Kirkus Reviews

“This debut novel by Butt-Hussain is hilarious and poignant. New immigrants will identify with Alina’s problems of fitting in, as well as the funny situations she and her brother, Fadi, have to deal with as they settle into life in England. Alina’s journey, from being a scared girl lacking confidence to owning her heritage and being kind to everyone no matter what, is inspiring and heartwarming. The Unlovable Alina Butt is a great addition to any library, at school or at home, and is sure to encourage lots of insightful discussions about fitting in, diversity, friendship and being kind to all. Alina Butt is anything but(t) unlovable!”

– Mahtab Narsimhan, award-winning author of The Tiffin
“Finding a new author is like finding a new friend. I’m sure you're going to find Alina—and Ambreen—to be quite lovable!”
– Eric Walters, author of the Governor General’s Literary Award–winning The King of Jam Sandwiches
“A heartwarming story of a misfit with no confidence who rises above it all, earns the admiration and respect of her peers—through her courage and kindness—and even wins over the bully. Filled with empathy, heart and humor, this book made me laugh and cry at moments. A compelling read that had me hooked to the end. Alina Butt is a very lovable and memorable character. She stays with you long after you finish the last page and close the book.”
– Shirin Shamsi, author of The Moon from Dehradun: A Story of Partition
“Introduces important issues to young readers…Readers will come away with an understanding that we are really not that different from one another after all. Recommended.”
– School Library Connection
“An endearing, spunky protagonist whose personality is realistically developed.”
– Booklist

“The author manages to touch on bullying, self-confidence, harassment and consent... Readers will be able to empathize with Alina’s struggles to fit in, and the triumphant ending for all the characters leaves the hope that things will always get better. Recommended.”

– CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“This charming, eye-opening book highlights not only the struggles of an immigrant girl, but the power that comes from seeing things through someone else’s eyes.”

– School Library Journal (SLJ)

“A highly entertaining story…This charming novel will appeal to every kid who has ever struggled to find their place in the universe.”

– Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC) Canadian Children’s Book News

“A charming middle-grade novel that tackles themes of self-acceptance, cultural identity, and navigating the often-treacherous waters of friendship and belonging…Butt-Hussain’s writing is warm and engaging, peppered with moments of humour and genuine emotion…This is a celebration of courage, individuality, and the transformative power of friendship. It’s a book that will remind you that even the most “unloveable” among us have a unique voice worth cherishing.”

– Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection   | 2023  |  Commended

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