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Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Blog Tour- TAGGING FREEDOM by @rroumani With A Guest Post & A #Giveaway! @UnionSqandCo, & @RockstarBkTours

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the TAGGING FREEDOM by Rhonda Roumani Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!


About The Book:


Author: Rhonda Roumani

Pub. Date: November 7, 2023

Publisher: Union Square Kids

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Pages: 288

Find it: Goodreadshttps://books2read.com/TAGGING-FREEDOM 

Out of the revolutions across the Arab world, comes this inspirational story of with hope, freedom, and belonging, perfect for fans of Other Words for Home and A Good Kind of Trouble.

Kareem Haddad of Damascus, Syria, never dreamed of becoming a graffiti artist. But when a group of boys from another town tag subversive slogans outside their school, and another boy is killed while in custody, Kareem and his friends are inspired to start secretly tagmessages of freedom around their city.

Meanwhile, in the United States, his cousin, Samira, has been trying to make her own mark. Anxious to fit in at school, she joins the Spirit Squad where her natural artistic ability attracts the attention of the popular leader. Then Kareem is sent to live with Sam’s family, and their worlds collide. As graffitied messages appear around town and all eyes turn to Kareem, Sam must make a choice: does she shy away to protect her new social status, or does she stand with her cousin?  

Informed by her time as a journalist, author Rhonda Roumani's Tagging Freedom is a thoughtful look at the intersection between art and activism, infused with rich details and a realistic portrayal of how war affects and inspires children, similar to middle grade books for middle schoolers by Aisha Saeed, The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandi, or Refugee by Alan Gratz.


Books I wish I had when I was a kid:

I loved reading when I was a kid. Having my own kids opened a new world of books to me—and I often wonder if I would have started writing fiction earlier if I had access to some of these books as a child. These don’t include some of my favorite MG authors like Paula Case, Hena Khan, or Rajani La Rocca. This was really hard. But, with each of these books, there was a point where stopped and wondered, what would I have done if this existed as a kid? And I had to include 11. Ten was too hard. It was hard to narrow it down to 11. And I’m not even including two Syrians books that are coming out next year by Syrian authors Nadine Presley and Shifa Safadi. What would I have done if these were around!

The Arabic Quilt by Aya Khalil

Homeland: My Father Dreams of Palestine By Hannah Moushabeck

Your Name is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

Dory Fantasmagory (The Series) by Abby Hanlon

Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan

When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée

A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (I was obsessed with basketball)



About Rhonda Roumani:

Rhonda Roumani is a Syrian American journalist who lived in Syria as a reporter for U.S. newspapers. She has written about Islam, the Arab world, and Muslim-American issues for more than two decades. Currently, she is a contributing fellow at the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at USC. Rhonda lives in Connecticut with her family.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of TAGGING FREEDOM, US Only.

Ends November 14th, midnight EST.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:


YA Books Central

Guest Post/IG Post


The Momma Spot

Guest Post


Two Chicks on Books

Guest Post/IG Post


Callisto’s calling

IG Review


Lifestyle of Me

Review/IG Post

Week Two:


One More Exclamation

Review/IG Post


Country Mamas With Kids

Review/IG Post


Confessions of the Perfect Mom

Review/IG Post


Kim's Book Reviews and Writing Aha's

Review/IG Post


The Litt Librarian

Review/IG Post

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