"Shaista cleverly lays out what we see in today's society of families from the East settling in the West. Through the lens of a Muslim child named Asha, we see the challenges she faces as a newcomer, but realize that we are truly all the same. This book, Back Home, enables us to see that there is a higher level of awareness about how we are truly connected. The message behind Back Home is that peace is everywhere, and can be found within oneself."
--The Honourable Mobina S.B. Jaffer, Q.C.Senator for British Columbia
". . . a wonderfully written and illustrated tale about a little girl's first day at school in her new country, when all goes from being strange to the realization that people are people (and children are children) everywhere on the planet, that more similarities than differences exist between cultures."
--The Vancouver Sun
"[Back Home] tells the story of a young Muslim girl named Asha who was forced to flee her Middle Eastern home with her family and build a new life in a Western country. The story chronicles Asha's everyday experiences adapting to a new life and culture - and her discovery that the values of her faith are the same values her new friends share."
"[This] new children's book tells the story of a young newcomer and is helping to teach the important lessons that despite our different religions and ethnicities, we are all the same . . . Parents who read this to their kids will also learn that lesson . . . Beautifully done."
--CTV News Vancouver