Ask Me No Questions

Deportation. Green Card. Asylum.

For fourteen-year-old Nadira and eighteen-year-old Aisha, these are the words that define their lives.
Ask Me No Questions

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Nadira and her family are illegal aliens, fleeing to the Canadian border – running from the country they thought would one day be their home. For years, they have lived on expired visas in New York City, hoping they can realize their dream of becoming legal citizens of the United States. But after 9/11, everything changes. Suddenly, being Muslim means being dangerous. A suspected terrorist. And when Nadira’s father is arrested and detained at the border, she and her sister, Aisha are sent back to Queens, and told to carry on, as if everything is the same.

“Readers will feel the heartbreak, prejudice, kindness, and fear.”
–Booklist (starred review)

But of course nothing is the same. Nadira and Aisha live in fear they’ll have to return to a Bangladesh they hardly know. Aisha, once the academic star, falls apart. Now it’s up to Nadira to find a way out.

“Moving, quietly powerful.”
–Horn Book magazine (starred review)

Now in its 12th paperback printing, Ask Me No Questions is a searing portrait of modern America in the days of terrorism, orange alerts, and the Patriot Act. It is a story of two sisters, one of whom must find strength to save her family.

A thoughtful, riveting tale of post-9/11 America … beautifully written.”
–Chitra Divakaruni

“Walk a mile in this family’s shoes.”
Chicago Tribune

“A perceptive peek into the lives of foreigners on the fringe.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Budhos hauntingly depicts a post-9/11 world where looking like the enemy can seem like a crime.”
Christian Science Monitor

“Budhos builds the suspense beautifully and tells a moving tale.”
India Currents

• Winner, Inaugural James Cook Teen Book Award
• ALA Best Book for Young Adults & Notable
• Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book
• Booklist Editor’s Choice
• New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age
• Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best
• Bank Street Best Books
• CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book

Ask Me No Questions is currently being developed as a feature film–produced by veteran producer Jane Startz, with  screenplay by Alexandra Viets.