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August 17, 2006

Muslim Boy Conquers Fear of Hate Crimes in Children's Book

"I Am an American, Too," a children's picture book geared toward ages six and up, has been released in conjunction with the fifth anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. The book offers lessons about racial profiling, as well as support of caring friends and neighbors. Author Zakia Hyder dedicates the book to victims of violence and to every American who builds bridges across cultures. Mason, OH (PRWEB) August 12, 2006 -- In an educational new book for children, "I Am an American, Too" (now available through AuthorHouse), Zakia Hyder teaches young readers about discrimination and friendship in a post-9/11 world through the eyes of a Muslim-American family. Released in conjunction with the fifth anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, "I Am an American, Too" is a beautifully illustrated children’s book that puts a human face on the hate crimes perpetrated against Muslim families after the attacks. It is the story of Ahmad, a young boy who works his way through the fear and confusion of hate crimes to focus on the good that surrounds him and his family. In the days after the attacks, vicious remarks and vandalism to his home stirs fear and anger, but good-natured, understanding neighbors help and support this family, that is unfairly labeled. In this sensitive and reassuring tale, Ahmad’s friends and neighbors bridge cultural differences by sharing their joys and sorrows. Although his family belongs to a specific ethnic group, he is as American as any other young boy. His story appeals to all children who must face the uncertainties of an adult world. “I thought of what Papa and Mama had said about all the good in this world, and all the bad, and how we should never lose sight of the good,” Ahmad says in the book. “I wondered about those men in New York. About that boy in the mall, and about the people who broke our mailbox. I felt sorry for all of them. Surely, they had lost sight of the good, I thought. I looked again toward my parents, remembering their tales of the American dream and how it brought them to this country. I promised myself I would go to bed that night and dream a similar dream. I’d think only of the good.” Hyder has edited award-winning articles for trade and business magazines. She is published in a poetry anthology and served as managing editor for professional journals. This is her first book for children (ages 6 and older). She dedicates it to all Americans who are making an effort to build bridges and fight violence of all kinds. The full-color illustrations were created by Steve Adams. More information is available at or by calling the author at (513) 328-4480. AuthorHouse is the premier publishing house for emerging authors and new voices in literature. EDITORS: For review copies or interview requests, contact: Promotional Services Department Tel: 888-728-8467 Fax: 812-961-3133 Email: zakia @ or pressreleases @ (When requesting a review copy, please provide a street address.)

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