Malaikah’s Book A Hit At Harbour Nights

June 7, 2011

Malaikah-Abdul-Jabbar-Mar-19th-2011Bermuda’s youngest author Malaikah Abdul-Jabbar made waves with tourists at last week’s Harbour Nights.

8-year-old Malaikah is now currently selling signed copies of her latest book ‘A Different Kind of Bermuda‘ every Wednesday at Harbour Nights.

According to Malaikah’s mother Azuhaa Coleman, tourists fell in love with her last week as her newest book sold 40 copies in a mere two hours.

She went on to tell the story of a woman from Philadelphia who broke down in tears when meeting Malaikah for the first time, constantly repeating ‘there is still hope’. Malaikah had reminded the woman of her severely sick granddaughter who was roughly the same age.

‘A Different Kind of Bermuda’ explores the island through the eyes of an eight-year-old showing her perception of  Bermuda and her people.

Ms. Coleman speaks proudly of her daughters accomplishments, ”Even after all the commotion with the tourist, and then locals, Malaikah kept a cool head; she knew why she was there and how important the message was to get out.”

After the night ended, Malaikah told her mother, “‘Mommy, I think people will really love Bermuda now!’”

Last year Malaikah Abdul-Jabbar published “Stop The Shooting: The Way Bermuda Feels. Expressed Through the Emotions of a 7-Year-Old” — which sold out in a matter of days. She wrote and illustrated the book after a classmate’s father was shot and killed.

Launched in 2010 at a City Hall ceremony attended by then Deputy Premier Paula Cox, the book proved to be an instant sensation. As a result of her book’s success in April, 2010 Malaikah became the youngest presenter in the 55-year history of the International Reading Association [IRA] conference in Chicago, which had an estimated attendance of 60,000 people.

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  1. 813grad says:

    Good for you Malaikah! Keep up the good work, Bermuda needs more youth like you and more positive exposure.

  2. OMG says:

    Congrats Malaikah, keep up the good work and being such a great ambassador for Bermuda.

    It’s a shame that the negative reports get 100′s of comments, but something like this 0…

    make you wanna go mmmmmmmmmmmm

    • Act Like You Know says:

      I agree with you on this one OMG, It’s Kind Of Sad I feel You. Job Well Done Malaikah Keep Up The Good Work.

  3. True Dat says:

    A Naahhh Malaikah!!! GREAT JOB!!!! :)

  4. Taurus says:

    Good job Malaikah !!

  5. White Christ says:

    The future is bright with! Congratulations to Malaikah and I think her parents deserve recognition as well. This is what good parenting produces! Go Malaikah!

  6. Tickled Pink (and Blue) says:

    The best piece of news I’ve read in quite some time.

    Malaikah you are an angel, keep yourself focused and you’ll go a long way.

    Your parents must be bursting at the seams with pride.

    It certainly beats reading of all the doom and gloom of every day life at the moment.

  7. In Mark's opinion says:

    Congratulations are in order Malaikah . Looking forward to your first movie deal.

  8. James says:

    A young budding author, congratulations to Malaikah and her family!! I’ve always wanted to write a book so she is one up on me and I’m 44! Keep up the good work, I will come to Harbor Nights to buy one.

  9. maaida says:

    LOL Mark,
    I want to let you in a little secret. Malaikah will already be featured in a film documentary with Oprah, Nelson Mandela’s wife, Gandi’s daughter and more!