Episode 31 with guest Papatia Feauxzar Author of The Ducktrinors (Book I & Book II)

 

Recently I was able to review ‘The Ducktrinors Books 1 And 2 ‘YA. It was a nice change to read a YA book for Muslims, it had a lot of Islamic history and tradition but also addressed some of the issues that Young Muslims are facing in today’s Society. As a mom of pre-teens Its exciting to finally have books for their age group and older.

The Novel was written by Papatia Feauxzar an American author, barista, and publisher of West African descent living in Dallas, Texas with her son and husband. She holds a master’s degree in Accounting with a concentration in Personal Finance. After working as an accountant for a corporate firm for almost five years, Feauxzar decided to pursue Accounting from home while homeschooling her son. She is currently working toward obtaining her CPA license. Feauxzar then plans to obtain her Ph.D. in Accounting. Feauxzar also blogs at Between Sisters, SVP! or A Ducktrinor Mom. She is the Love and Relationship Editor at Hayati Magazine, and she has written for AboutIslam, MVSLIM, and SISTERS Magazine. You can visit her websites at www.djarabikitabs.com or www.fofkys.com.

Summary:

“The world is coming to an end and Hanifa Ducktrinor can feel it. The seculars rule the world. And keeping the sunnah and the deen intact becomes a challenge then. Hanifa, the cadette of the Ducktrinor family, is a courageous young Muslim living in a time where practicing her religion is really hard. She wants to be the courageous educated Coreishy woman she dreams of every day.

She also wants to find the people of the cave and fights alongside with them, Jesus (Issa-aleihi salam), and Mahdi with the vouching cloud when the cave opens and the prediction about Yajud and Majud (Gog and Magog) will occur. When the opportunity presents itself to Hanifa to fight for her dreams, she realizes that she might have gotten in way over her head at the Battle of the Stadium.

Her brother Malik wants to be a teacher. And he knows that be a scholar, you must have ilm-knowledge, amal-obedience to Islam do and don’ts, and ikhlas-doing everything only to please Allah subhana wa ta ala. Malik Ducktrinor really knows this. Since childhood, he has always striven for a steadfast faith so that he could perform a keeramat. Thus, he learned the deen and took his connection to His Creator seriously. Will Malik be able to save the day at the Battle of the Stadium?”

In this Episode we discussed

  • Why Papatia chose a young Adults Novel
  • Which is harder being an Author or Publisher?
  • Which Characters we liked the most
  • How Papatia balances, being a Wife, Mother, Author, Publisher, Accountant, and Blogger.

Here is where you can Purchase the book:

Amazon eBook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BRHLSCD

Amazon paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1947148109

Immediate press release: https://www.djarabikitabs.com/bloge/2018/3/7/press-release-the-ducktrinors-book-i-book-ii-by-papatia-feauxzar

Djarabi Kitab Publishing website: https://www.djarabikitabs.com/bookstore/the-ducktrinors-book-i-book-ii 

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Book Review : THE DUCKTRINORS

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The Book: The Ducktrinors (Book I & Book II) (Jihad Series)

Author: Papatia Feauxzar

Available at: Amazon (EbookPaperback), Djarabi Kitabs Publishing

 

I was eager to read this book-The Ducktrinors – a Muslim science fiction of Young Adult genre because that is a new hybrid genre to get hands on.

First things first. The Ducktrinors is the family of the central characters in the book- a seventeen-year-old girl, Hanifa Ducktrinor and her brother Malik Ducktrinor, an eighteen-year-old boy. The story unfolds through the Ducktrinor family- Dad, Mom, Grandfather and the children.

The Plot

The story happens in the future when the world is running on advanced technology. The world is then divided into two- the religious sect and the irreligious sect. The religion haters are ruling the world and anyone who believes otherwise is hunted down. The Ducktrinors is one of the persecuted family who relocates to Brazil at the beginning of the story. With the strong Islamic foundation in the Ducktrinors family, Hanifa Ducktrinor along with her brother Malik Ducktrinor form an army to challenge the evil forces. The plot is how they do it and what happens next.

If you love the plots of series like Harry Potter and Hunger Games, you will love reading this.

The Tone

The best thing I loved about the book is its narration.

The book is a great page turner and lures us till the end. Papatia narrates the chapters from different timelines and this leaves the reader curious until the end. The story reveals through various characters and the usage of self-talk is a win-win. The plot is very fast paced and includes so many characters and details. But telling the story through people makes it simple to follow along.

The book includes a very vast reference to the Islamic history including the Sahabas and Imams and our contemporary legends like Ibthihaj Muhammad. There are a good number of references to Quranic etiquettes, hadith and Duas and religious terminologies(for which a detailed appendix is given).

The Cast

The success of a book is when the characters begin to take shape inside the reader’s head. Though there were many characters, vivid descriptions made them stand alone throughout. The Ducktrinors family is an Islamic household and the relationships between them connect us in a deep level- especially the ties between Hanifa and her grandfather.

Apart from the human characters, there are some very creative futuristic gadgets like the Mechanical Horses and Niqabaya 1.0(metaphorically mentioned as “a safe mode of transportation”) and supernatural things like Vampires that show up in the story.

The Ducktrinors is the family of the central characters in the book- a seventeen-year-old girl, Hanifa Ducktrinor and her brother Malik Ducktrinor, an eighteen-year-old boy. The story unfolds through the Ducktrinor family- Dad, Mom, Grandfather and the children. 

The Message

The author clearly passes an Islamic perspective on various issues through the book. The book demands the youth for a purpose driven life rather than following the crowd. It asserts the importance of standing united despite our differences of any kind- religion, nation, color or creed- when fighting against evil and injustice. However, the book makes it clear that the fight or Jihad is against all kind of persecutors- including Muslim/ Jewish/Christian/atheist extremists who are not inclusive of other religions in their definition of a peaceful world.

The author weaves basic Muslim lifestyle into the story through the life of the lead characters. The references to Muslim history and heroes are add-ons that convey the message to the youth.Hanifa and Malik inspire the readers to start learning and doing something together to make the world a better place.

What I struggled with

The one thing I struggled with was regarding the usage of some present terms in the storyline. The evil forces named “Seculars” hunted the Ducktrinors and other Muslim families. It initially left a confusion in me as it felt like projecting Islam is against Secularism. As I continued reading, I found the Seculars was only a name of the anti-religious sect. Using any other straight word would not have caused this dilemma.

One of the reasons I generally don’t choose to read current Young Adult genre is the unnecessary focus on sensual aspects of characters. Though in a few places, The Ducktrinors also includes such references. The author used them to show the deteriorated moral standards of the society in future and as a teenage fantasy. Yet I felt them avoidable. And in few instances, they seemed out of context.

Another thing is that there are too many Islamic preachings in the book. I loved it while reading but felt like I couldn’t retain much of it later as the plot itself was very rich one.

DISCLAIMER: I was sent a copy of the e-book for review purposes. All the opinions expressed are only my own.

 

About the Author

The book is a definite proof of authors writing craftsmanship and deep knowledge. And it is an inspiration to writers to venture into this new field of Muslim YA fiction.

Papatia Feauxzar is an American author of West African descent living in Dallas.She is also a trader of Muslim merchandise including books at Fofky’s which is an Online Book and Coffee/Tea Shop to compliment Her publishing house (Djarabi Kitabs Publishing). She writes for many online platforms including AboutIslam, SISTERS, Hayati Magazine and Khadija Magazine.

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IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE : THE DUCKTRINORS BOOK I & BOOK II BY PAPATIA FEAUXZAR

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A MUSLIM YOUNG ADULT BOOK CENTERED AROUND THE DEEN

DALLAS, TX — March 28th, 2018. DJARABI KITABS PUBLISHING officially released  The Ducktrinors Book I & Book II by American and Black Muslim Author, Papatia Feauxzar.

The author has written in many genres but she still feels like a child at heart. “I wrote ‘The Ducktrinors‘ to inspire the Muslim Youth so that they realize that they have more than enough Muslim heroes to fashion themselves after.” — Papatia Feauxzar

DJARABI KITABS PUBLISHING is republishing tome I titled Hanifa with the much awaited tome II titled Malik with this edition.

“Papatia’s work is addicting in that love of the craft is immistakable through her skill. I’m seriously enraptured with the level of detail involved with everything from content to technical aspects of The Ducktrinors and as a word nerd myself I now aspire to the honor of reviewing all her works… Papatia’s world is one of style. May it be laced with Divine grace…it is as Allah wills…”— Maryam Miller, Maryam Miller Writes

“Finally! Papatia Feauxzar has tapped her distinct noveling style into a fast-paced, futuristic novel with a decidedly Muslim flavor. As one of Papatia’s editors, I think that I’ve read almost all of her stories, and Ducktrinors is definitely my favorite, so far. Although it’s written mostly for a younger audience, Papatia has crafted another fun, slightly-awkward, but smart female protagonist in Hanifa Ducktrinor, and I enjoyed watching her problem-solve to save the world (and her own behind!)… I’m also excited that this is a series, as we just don’t get enough of them! Looking forward to more and more from Papatia, insha’Allah.”— Brooke Benoit, A Clichéd Life

“This book is a mixture of sci-fi, futuristic, and it also has a strong Islamic theme. Hanifa and her team have surely grown on me and I can see them being likable amongst the teens. The good versus evil reminded me a lot of the end of times.”— Mrs. Shoohada Khanom, Children Book Author of Kamilah the Butterfly, Imagine, Who Could I Be, and Little Blue Skater Boy.

“… Unique – in a great way. It blends sci-fi, futuristic, and dystopia pretty well. Neat gadgets – mechanical horse and some other tech ideas were pretty neat. Sylas is a bad guy people can hate. Dawud is a great side character. Jihad gets a bad rap these days because of the crazy people running around with suicide bombs. It’s interesting to see the Secular sect portrayed as the bad guys.”— Julie C.Gilbert, The Collins Case (Heartfelt Cases Book 1)

“…This is a wonderful story, written beautifully and filled with great Islamic historical references. It was breathtaking to read a story so relevant today. From the outset you are deeply connected to the main character and her struggles and you’re gripped to read on and discover what will be of her and her family. Such a great, exciting read, with highs and lows and a story that really does take you on a journey of what it means to be Muslim for Hanifa.”— Sarah Javed, Author of I’m So Angry!

The Ducktrinors was an awesome read from the beginning; an absolute page turner. I loved how the sci-fi wasn’t so surreal that it was like to actually happen in the future.I was actually scared of how real it could be. There were some topics that made me blush a little to be for Muslim children then I remembered the book was for teens, although not only teens. The Ducktrinors was adventurous and, Hanifa was a smart intelligent girl with a grand love for the religion. It was a vibrant mix of Islam and scifi( which wasn’t too unrealistic)…” Khadijah AbdulHaqq, Author of Nanni’s Hijab

The Ducktrinors Book I & Book II additionally received several acclaimed feedback and critics from editors. Feauxzar shared one with us.

I love that you feature a Muslim protagonist whose faith is important to her, and this aspect of her life is a huge part of the story, yet the genre itself is a poignant (and timely) sci-fi/dystopian. So cool! …One of your best writing assets in this draft is your ability to write engaging, authentic dialogue (yay!). This is no easy feat! “— Kate Angelella, Angelella Editorial. Experienced YA/MG editor, formerly of Simon & Schuster Children’s Books.

Join DJARABI KITABS PUBLISHING from March 31st to April 4th, 2018 for the blog tour.

About the author:

Papatia Feauxzar is an American author, barista, and publisher of West African descent living in Dallas, Texas with her son and husband. She holds a master’s degree in Accounting with a concentration in Personal Finance. After working as an accountant for a corporate firm for almost five years, Feauxzar decided to pursue Accounting from home while homeschooling her son. She is currently working toward obtaining her CPA license. Feauxzar then plans to obtain her PhD in Accounting.

She also blogs at Between Sisters, SVP! or A Ducktrinor Mom . She is the Love and Relationship Editor at Hayati Magazine. She has written for AboutIslam, MVSLIM, and SISTERS Magazine. You can visit her websites at www.djarabikitabs.com or www.fofkys.com.

The Ducktrinors Book I & Book II is available on Djarabi Kitabs Publishing‘s website , Amazon on eBookhardback and  paperback formats, and Fofky’s Online Book Cafe.

CONTACTS

Djarabi Kitabs Publishing

PO BOX 703733

Dallas, TX 75370

USA

Email: editor@djarabikitabs.com

Originally published at Djarabi Kitabs Publishing‘s website here.

Bedtime Sunnahs: Emulating the Prophet one night at a time – A Review

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Summary: This rhyming book outlines several nighttime Islamic practices for kids —and even adults— to implement before going to bed. Fostering a love for the Prophet’s Sunnah, as well as teaching children to practice good deeds consistently. Also includes references to associated hadiths, an explanation of Islamic terminology, and additional advanced practices.

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About the Author: Alia G. Dada was born and raised in Southern California. She graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and a Minor in the Spanish Language. Shortly after, she moved to Cairo, Egypt. After privately studying Arabic she went on to obtain her degree in Islamic Law (Shariah) from the Al-Azhar University. Blessed with a child who has a love for reading, she was inspired to write a book that would help caregivers water the seed of faith and Islamic literacy in the hearts of young Muslims.

The Illustrator: You can read more on Robin Boyer here.

Publisher: Prolance

Review: Bedtime Sunnahs is a colorful, rhyming, and informative children’s book. Young and old can learn something anew on bedtime sunnah practices insha’Allah. It shows and portrays many Muslim families of  diverse background. Bedtime Sunnahs is definitely inclusive and a must-have for every Muslim household masha’Allah! I give this free review copy a 5 stars! You can buy it at Prolance here.

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Thank you for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

Review of ‘Muslim Girl-Growing Up – A Guide To Puberty’

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Summary: “How can I prepare her for this new phase? I wanted to find a resource that can explain the details of this special stage while also integrating the important aspects of it from the Islamic religion. Being from the West, most books I found only explained the physiological changes. But I found that Muslim girls, especially ones from Western countries, need to know more about the religious implications of this stage. So I decided to write this guide to help young girls understand the basic things a Muslim girl should know about puberty, including the religious aspects that come along with it. However, this guide is just a starter to the journey ahead.  I encourage parents to talk with your teens and pre-teens about this important stage of life to have a full and thorough understanding.” – Natalia Nabil

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About the Author: Natalia Nabil is a mother of two girls. She was born and raised in Egypt where she received her Bachelors of Arts in Mass Communications from Ain Shams University. Shortly after she began working in public relations and marketing. After marriage, she moved to the United States and is bringing up her daughters in, what she calls, unfamiliar territory. That is why she wanted to write this book, not only as a resource for her growing girls but for the many Muslim girls growing up who could use a guidebook on all things puberty-related.

About the Illustrator: Melani Putri is an illustrator based in Jakarta, Indonesia. After finishing her visual art education at Bandung Institute of Technology, she has been focusing on children’s book illustration and has won the National Folktale Illustration award in 2016. Her illustration works include children’s books, greeting cards, posters and stationery. Please visit her website at www.memels.com.

Thoughts: Muslim Girl, Growing Up is a good start point to use in helping a Muslim girl transition into adolescence. It covers topics of puberty, stages of puberty, menstruation, what a girl needs to know before, during and after puberty, hygiene, and privacy. Like I said, it’s very solid and succinct. Masha’Allah.

Now, just be aware that based on your madhab (Islamic doctrine or school of thought), you might not completely agree with everything from the scholars’ point of views (e.g. the steps of ghusl part) or even the author at times (e.g. braids and ghusl). Nonetheless, the book has a solid base on how to instruct Muslim girls from start to end about menstruation. Check out the sneak peek page below.

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I received a free copy for my honest opinion. You can buy Muslim Girl, Growing Up: A Guide to Puberty on Amazon or at the publisher’s website here.

Thank you for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

 

Childhood Champions (Book I & Book II) – A Review

Assalamu aleikum,

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I received these two books depicted above by Muslim Author George Green, and I enjoyed reading them alhamdullilah. I can’t wait for my son to be able to read them for himself one day insha’Allah.

Title: No Ordinary Day

Series: Childhood Champions

Publisher: Echo Books

Author: George Green is a passionate author/ motivational speaker from New York City who inspires with words and his dedication to giving back to the community. He overcame his troubled childhood by leaving the city to attend college at Auburn University. With the love and encouragement of his family, George earned his Bachelor’s degree with a double major in English and Psychology. You can learn more at his website here.

Synopsis: Eight year old Ibrahim and friends win a Quran competition, where the prize sees them scoring tickets to watch an exciting football game after their class is paid a visit by Hakeem Mohammed, a star football player from the California Spartans.Hakeem Mohammed and the California Spartans are in New York City for one of the most anticipated football games of the season.  Ibrahim and friends unite with Hakeem in the locker room to meet the team before the big game. Though their meetings with Hakeem were brief, he instilled a life long impression before going on to star in one of the most memorable games in football. This story unfolds in No Ordinary Day, the first book from ‘Childhood Champions’, a new series of stories about a group of Muslim children in New York City and their daily adventures.

Thoughts: While there is a strong Islamic theme woven through this story, it didn’t turn me off. The execution was well done. I’m also happy to see that my son can read this in the future and say, ‘Look! There is an American Muslim authored book with my name in it!’ Masha’Allah well done.

Rating: 5/5

No Ordinary Day is available here on Amazon.

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Title: The Project

Series: Childhood Champions

Publisher: Echo Books

Author: George Green

SynopsisThe Project is the story of Ibrahim and his friends, who are determined to work together as a team to win first prize at their school science fair. However, Yasin decides to make an effort to complete the project alone. This is a story of how much more can be achieved as part of a team than individually and the unexpected rewards that teamwork can deliver. This story unfolds in The Project, the second book from ‘Childhood Champions’, a series of stories about a group of Muslim children in New York City and their daily adventures.

Thoughts: I really like book 2 with the recurring characters of book 1. In this tome, Green makes it clear that it’s about teamwork. Consequently, these childhood champions get to find out that team work wins, always. The author did a good job catering to an often neglected market with buying power. In addition, it’s also about representation. Above all, I applaud the author for doing that most importantly.

Rating: 4/5

The Project is available on Amazon here.

 

Thank you for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

6 Children Books To Have For Your Young Muslimah

Assalamu aleikum,

I always wanted to have a girl but Allah gave me a boy, and I’m happy with that. He knows best alhamdullilah. I have blogged about this topic here too. Now, I have a niece I treasure dear masha’Allah. Here are some books already on the list of books I have lined up for my Yankee muhajaba. Many have already been shipped to her even though she can barely talk. I always believed that we should instill the meaning of hijab to our Muslim girls from the get go without necessarily forcing it upon them. So about the list, check it out below.

1. Nanni’s Hijab by Khadijah Abdul-Haqq

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This book will be published by Djarabi Kitabs on January 31st insha’Allah. Keep an eye out for it. To give you more details, Nanni’s Hijab is the story of Nanni, a little girl who loves wearing her hijab. She wears a different hijab every day. Her classmates enjoy seeing all the colors and designs of Nanni’s hijabs, except Leslie. Leslie doesn’t like Nanni or her hijabs. She tries to bully Nanni for wearing her hijabs to school. Leslie humiliates Nanni in the school yard in front of all their classmates by snatching Nanni’s hijab off of her head. Nanni, not unlike any other Muslim girl, gets very upset with Leslie’s bullying. In her heart, she wants to fight Leslie, but she knows there has to be a better way. Instead of fighting, she goes home to think about the best way to handle Leslie’s bullying. Read about how she handles the situation. You can pre-order here.

2. The Beauty of my Hijab by F.A. Ibrahim

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We’ve read many books on the rewards and benefits of wearing hijab. Some were cliche in the way they presented hijab to the young mumina. This one was different. Even though it used elements of nature to pass the message, we didn’t feel the objectification tasteless. It was empowering, classy, and very smooth. The drawings and the colors are also very beautiful. I have a direct niece and insha’Allah, she will get my copy. You can get yours here on Amazon.

 

3. I Can Wear Hijab Anywhere! by Yasmin Ibrahim

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I Can Wear Hijab Anywhere is a 15 page children’s book aimed to children 3  to 5 years of age. We love that it’s inclusive of all races and a booster read to young Muslim girls who would love to wear hijab. The texts are simple and the illustrations are well done. I recommend it to Muslim parents. You can get a copy on Amazon or at Kube Publishing.

4.  The Princess and the Good Deed Umm Juwayriyah & Juwayriyah Ayed 

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The Princess and the Good Deed is a lovely book about being charitable and expecting our rewards from the Creator. It will teach children to have manners, to be charitable toward humans, animals, and the environment. It also gives a good sense of community involvement. In all, it also shows the elegance of Princess Juwayriyah.

 

5. Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

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This book will be released on April 3rd, 2018. It’s about ‘A young girl plays dress up with her mother’s headscarves, feeling her mother’s love with every one she tries on. Charming and vibrant illustrations showcase the beauty of the diverse and welcoming community in this portrait of a young Muslim American girl’s life.’ The theme color and the mom reminds me of The WB (Warn a Brother, just kidding, Warner Brothers, The Princess and The Frog ‘hijabised’ version of Princess Tiana. You can order a copy here via Amazon.

6. Zaynab’s Enchanted Scarf by Robyn Abdusamad

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Last and not least, Zaynab’s Enchanted Scarf The blurb goes as this :

Zaynab’s Enchanted Scarf teaches young readers about the historical contributions of Africans and African-Americans with beautiful illustrations that reflect the modernization of today as well as the past. Join Zaynab on a magical trip where she finds the courage and strength to find her way home.  In this book, which is part of a series, little Zaynab travels to Africa to meet Queen Amina, Mansa Musa and Egyptian Royalty Ramses and Nefertiti.

It’s available on Amazon here.

 

Who and what book can I add to this list? Please leave a comment below!

 

Jazak’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~