How Mohammed Saved Miss Liberty

(4 customer reviews)


After 9/11, life in small town Ohio changes for fourteen-year old Mohammed and his family. Their masjid is desecrated. The family business is boycotted. At middle school, he becomes the object of anti-Muslim taunts and threats. On top of this, his trip to New York City with the Young Engineers Club is cancelled. Seeing New York has been Mohammed’s boyhood dream. He already knows more about Manhattan than any other kid in the club. He is also an expert on the Statue of Liberty. He knows Miss Liberty better than he knows prepositions, polygons, or his state capitols.

When the Young Engineer’s trip is unexpectedly rescheduled, Mohammed finds himself in New York with a chance to see her at last. However, the statue is closed to the public. The club wants to see Ground Zero. Has he come this far to ignore a dream? Breaking all the rules, he makes it to Liberty Island where an extraordinary event unfolds—The Saving of Miss Liberty.

… The soggy landfill of Liberty Island shook with the cataclysmic shudder of a tall building driving itself into the ground …”

SKU: 978-0-9796199-9-1 Category: Tag:

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Paperback, eBook (ePub)


978-0-9796199-9-1 (Paperback), 978-0-9974553-0-4 (ePub)

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6" x 9"




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4 reviews for How Mohammed Saved Miss Liberty

  1. Nancy Lee Cecil, author of Raising Peaceful Children in a Violent World

    “Besides telling the very real story of what everyone of Middle Eastern decent went through after 9/11, it is so well-written— lyrical, even; a joy to read. It will change the lives of children through knowledge and, hopefully, empathy.”

  2. Midwest Book Review

    “A thoughtful novel that invites the reader to see the world from a different perspective, and a much-needed contribution to children’s literature shelves in the wake of hysteria or predispositions to assume the worst about all Muslims in the wake of 9/11.”

  3. ForeWord Reviews

    “Holm’s storytelling is honest, believable, and compelling. His characters lead the reader to feel compassion for Mohammed and his family, especially in light of the injustice and hatred they encounter. …How Mohammed Saved Miss Liberty shows teens and young adults the complexities of relationships, and the possibility for good will toward friends, neighbors, and humanity.”

  4. Arizona Daily Star

    “There is almost nothing about the Statue of Liberty that Mohammed bin Hasan Ahmed Al-Fulani—known as “Hamed,” the “only kid in Pioneer Middle School with a permanent tan” and its only Muslim—doesn’t know. As a member of the Young Engineers Club in his small Ohio school, he is intensely looking forward to its trip to New York. And although it is almost derailed by the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, the club manages to get there, where Hamed’s fantasies take over.”

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