Dear Readers: Author Ali Lawati provided the following information in order to introduce the readers of the Muslim Writers Club to his children’s book with an important message we can all learn from. Please show your support to Muslim writers by reading their books and telling others about the ones you like.
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WHAT THE BOOK IS ABOUT:
Drawing inspiration from Aesop’s The Tortoise and the Hare, the book tells the story of Gul – a young Afghan tortoise who was moved from Margalla National Park in Pakistan to Yosemite National Park in California, USA by animal traders. To establish a place for himself and other immigrants like him in their new home, Gul agrees to a rematch of the race between the tortoise and the hare, only to realize later that all of this was a plan to get rid of the newcomers once and for all.
WHY I WROTE IT:
With the refugee crisis far from over and anti-immigrant feelings on the rise, I hope to address the important issues of migration, diversity, and cooperation through the stories of endangered species forced out of their home into a foreign land.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ali Lawati is a Pakistani-Canadian writer living in Dubai. Ali writes as A. Lawati. He works as a transport consultant by day and is an author by night. Ali is a natural storyteller and has been creating stories since the age of ten, incorporating in them the hybrid life he’s led. His literary work has appeared in magazines, blogs and newspapers. The Greatest Race is his first children’s novel. He is presently revising an own voice fantasy middle-grade novel.
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