Piece by Piece: The Story of Nisrin’s Hijab

A Graphic Novel


In this middle-grade graphic novel, Nisrin will have to rely on faith, friends, and family to help her recover after she is the target of a hate crime


ISBN: 9781419740190 Category:

Priya Huq


In Priya Huq’s middle-grade graphic novel Piece by Piece, Nisrin will have to rely on faith, friends, and family to help her recover after she is the target of a hate crime

Nisrin is a 13-year-old Bangladeshi American girl living in Milwaukie, Oregon, in 2002. As she nears the end of eighth grade, she gives a presentation for World Culture Day about Bangladesh while wearing a traditional cultural dress. On her way home, she is the victim of a hate crime when a man violently attacks her for wearing a headscarf.

Deeply traumatized by the experience, Nisrin spends the summer depressed and isolated. Other than weekly therapy, Nisrin doesn’t leave the house until fall arrives and it’s time for her to start freshman year at a new school. The night before class starts, Nisrin makes a decision. She tells her family she’s going to start wearing hijab, much to their dismay. Her mother and grandparent’s shocked and angry reactions confuse her—but they only strengthen her resolve.

This choice puts Nisrin on a path to not only discover more about Islam but also her family’s complicated relationship with the religion and the reasons they left Bangladesh in the first place. On top of everything else, she’s struggling to fit in at school—her hijab makes her a target for students and faculty alike. But with the help from old friends and new, Nisrin is starting to figure out what really makes her happy.

Piece by Piece is an original graphic novel about growing up and choosing your own path, even if it leads you to a different place than you expected.

Additional information

Weight 536 g
Dimensions 21.3 x 15.2 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 18 November 2021
Number of pages 224
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Illustrated by Priya Huq
Dimensions 21.3 x 15.2 cm
Weight 536 g


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Priya Huq is a Bangladeshi American cartoonist from Austin, Texas, who enjoys working in water-based media. Her stories deal with complex emotions in both real and fantastic locations. In her free time, she likes to drink tea and look at trees. Huq has contributed to TheNiband and other online publications. She lives in New York City with her spouse and two cats.