Ask Me No Questions

Ask Me No Questions

by Marina Budhos
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Overview

Ask Me No Questions by Marina Budhos

"You forget. You forget you don't really exist here, that this isn't your home."

Since emigrating from Bangladesh, fourteen-year-old Nadira and her family have been living in New York City on expired visas, hoping to realize their dream of becoming legal U.S. citizens. But after 9/11, everything changes. Suddenly being Muslim means you are dangerous — a suspected terrorist.

When Nadira's father is arrested and detained at the U.S.-Canadian border, Nadira and her older sister, Aisha, are told to carry on as if everything is the same. The teachers at Flushing High don't ask any questions, but Aisha falls apart. Nothing matters to her anymore — not even college.

It's up to Nadira to be the strong one and bring her family back together again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416949206
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 09/11/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 127,117
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Marina Budhos is the author of such books as Ask Me No Questions, Tell Us We're Home, and Remix: Conversations with Immigrant Teenagers. She has received an EMMA (Exceptional Merit Media Award) and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award for women writers. Ms. Budhos has been a Fulbright Scholar in India, has given talks throughout the country and abroad, and has taught at several universities and colleges. She is currently an associate professor of English at William Paterson University. She lives with her husband and fellow Atheneum author, Marc Aronson, and their two sons in Maplewood, New Jersey. You can visit her online at marinabudhos.com.

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Ask Me No Questions 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Nicholas Alfonso More than 1 year ago
The book ASK ME NO QUESTIONS was very slow at the begining of the book but after the climax it got more interesting. Also the book was very hard to follow because before the climax, randomly something happens and I have to turn back at least three pages to finally understand what happend. The only reason why I read this book was because my school made me read it over the summer so I can discuss questions about the book. If I did not have to read this book over the summer and stumbled across this book myself, I would have to think hard about buying this book even after reading the sample. Overall, this was a okay book because it has a lot of meaning in it. I would still think twice before buying this book and make sure to read the sample FIRST even if you want to buy this book. If you buy the book I hope you will enjoy it.
sp13 More than 1 year ago
Ask Me No Questions was an alright book. It was slow at the beginning , but until it gets to the climax it get s more interesting. Personally I really don't like to read but it really has a good plot on it. Reading this book has made an impact on how I look at and judge other people. It has given me an understanding of what other people could be dealing with, and that I should be very fortune to have the life that I have. Marina Budhos has successfully mastered creating an amazing novel that will have you on the edge of your seat as you turn each page. It was a quick and wonderful read. Another message is that the story is about citizenship and rights in a country, something we all take for granted. In the book, I really liked the characters because they all have very distinct personalities and they are very realistic. I would recommend this story because it gives the perspective of someone you don't usually hear about, and it was very interesting to read. Overall, Ask Me No Questions is a interesting book to read.
MandoS2014 More than 1 year ago
Ask Me No Questions, written by Marina Budhos is a truly phenomenal story, which tells of the obstacles a fourteen-year-old, Bangladesh girl Nadira, must overcome. When her family tries to apply for an asylum in Canadian, fear and hope of a new beginning dwell in their minds, but due to their expired visas, Nadira's father is put in custody, and detained at the U.S. and Canadian border. Her mother is sent to stay away from her children, and Nadira and her sister, Aisha, are told to go about their normal lives as nothing has happened. Emotionally broken, Aisha can't keep herself together, and falls apart, forcing Nadira to be the strong one to keep her family going. This extraordinarily, written book expresses every pain, feeling, and fear that Nadira acquires over this period of time; being the one to unite her family once again, and keep them together. Reading this book has made an impact on how I look at and judge other people. It has given me an understanding of what other people could be dealing with, and that I should be very fortune to have the life that I have. Marina Budhos has proficiently mastered creating an amazing novel that will have you on the edge of your seat as you turn each page. It was a quick and wonderful read.
CarlyJH More than 1 year ago
In Ask Me No Questions I thought the author had a good main point but it was a bit boring in my opinion. The story starts out as Nadira and her family flees to the Canadian border running from their home which is Bangladesh. For years they have lived on expired visas in New York City, hoping they could someday become legal citizens of the United States. But after 9/11 everything changes. That's when being Muslim started to mean being dangerous or a suspected terrorist. And when Nadira's father is arrested and detained at the border, Nadira and her older sister, Aisha, are sent back to Queens and told to carry on, as if everything is the same. Eventually they have to tell everyone who they really are, illegal aliens. As I read the book it kind of dragged on and I really just wanted to stop reading it, but in the end everything came together. I took me a while to read even though it is such a small book so I wouldn't recommend this to people who are looking for a suspenseful quick read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ask Me No Questions, written by Marina Budhos, is a thrilling book. Published by Atheneum books for young readers in 2006, this book tells a story about illegal aliens. Even though this book is a work of fiction, it is based on the government's actions after September 11, 2001. Nadira tells an interesting and emotionally moving story. Told through the eyes of Nadira, the youngest daughter, Ask Me No Questions is very detailed about the steps taken to becoming a legal citizen. Fleeing to the Canadian border, only to be detained, this family became suspected terrorists. After her father got arrested, the family had to find a way to deal with it. At this point in the novel, it becomes very emotional for the family. Just as in Marina Budhos other book, Remix: Conversations with Immigrant Teenagers, she goes in depth about how to become legal. After many twists and turns, most for the worst, this book ends like one wouldn't believe. A true page turner, this novel is a great book for a person of any age. It grabs the attention of the reader right from the first chapter. This novel really opened my eyes about the real world stereo typing. I would rate it 4 out of 5 green cards.
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This book is terrible. The characters are under-developed, and the plot is terrible. The book starts off slow, as do most books, so I had hope in this book. AND I WAS WRONG. This book only got slower. In the middle of the book, I was like, "Well maybe it will have an amazing ending that will blow me away" NO. I WAS WRONG AGAIN. This book only got worse. Don't be like me. Don't give this book hope.
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No way this book could ever be nominated for anything. The characters are sketchy, and under developed. There is no real imax to the story, and there are many spelling and grammer errors. And lastly, there is a friend who is mentioned once or twice, says somthing about something happening in her family, and you never hear from her again. I absolutely hated this book.
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Deli_M More than 1 year ago
Ask Me No Questions was a good book. It was slow at the beginning but got really fast around the end. Personally, I thought that it was a little hard to follow, but I am just a beginner at reading. This book is about illegal aliens, scary strangers and some not-so-friendly Canadians, if that's even possible. In the beginning it just tells you a lot about a few certain things, then out of nowhere something pops up and you get lost because the book just took a sharp onto Random Street. I know that it sounds like I am putting this book down, not literally, but I am not meaning to at all. I find so many books every day that I can't read because they are too challenging for me, and this is one of them. I'm not saying that you shouldn't read it, I'm just saying that it gets harder to read by the end so be aware. -D.I.M.
JaneH8 More than 1 year ago
Ask Me No Questions was a very boring and confusing read. I could never stay focused while reading it. This book is about a family of illegal immigrants coming to the United States. The family is made up of Aisha, Nadira, Ma, and Abba. Ma is the mother, Aisha is the older sister, Nadira is the younger sister, and Abba is the father. The main character of this book is Nadira and the book is narrated by her. This family comes to New York in hope of a better future for all of them, but soon the family is faced with many difficult decisions and problems. Abba gets sent to jail, because his green card has expired and the girls of the family are left trying to get Abba out of jail. However, the family has barley any money to bail Abba out and they are illegal, so what can they do?
Kirstin VanderHoek More than 1 year ago
Great plot, interesting and great characters! worth it! fun read!
Sunshine0830 More than 1 year ago
In the novel Ask me No Questions by Marina Budhos, a family from Bangladesh on an expired visa in the United States must stay undercover to survive and avoid being deported. That is, until they can apply for asylum in Canada, which doesn't seem very promising. The family struggles throughout the novel just to have the chance to have a good and safe life in Northern America, opposed to the war-torn and violent cities of Bangladesh. The major messages or themes in this book are the racism the family faces after 9/11 happens and Muslims all over are suspected of being terrorists. Another message is that the story is about citizenship and rights in a country, something we all take for granted. In the book, I really liked the characters because they all have very distinct personalities and they are very realistic. I would recommend this story because it gives the perspective of someone you don't usually hear about, and it was very interesting to read. Overall, Ask Me No Questions was a very good and interesting read.
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I loved Nadira's character. She worked hard for her family!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book for summer reading. Over all, the story line was good, but the author needed to spice it up. It got a bit boring and dragged on for a little bit too long. Good idea, the outcome not so great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to give the author credit for the emotion in this book but it really wasn't my style. I read this in a book club. Some of us really likes it, but some like me, really didn't care for it.