by A.M. Dassu - £7.99 Scholastic (2022)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780702315886 | ISBN 10: 0702315885
An empowering story about finding your identity and the courage to fight for it.
Aaliyah is an ordinary thirteen-year-old living in the Midlands – she’s into her books, shoes, K-pop and she is a Muslim. She has always felt at home where she lives... until a terrorist attack in her area changes everything.
As racial tensions increase and she starts getting bullied, Aaliyah decides to begin wearing a hijab – to challenge how people in her community see her. But when her school bans the hijab and she is intimidated and attacked for her choices, she feels isolated. Soon Aaliyah realises that other young people from different backgrounds also struggle with their identity and feel alone, scared and judged. Should she try to blend in – or can she find allies to help her fight back? Channelling all of her bravery, Aaliyah decides to speak out.
Together, can Aaliyah and her friends halt the tide of hatred rippling through their community?
Recommended for readers aged 13+
(Price & availability last checked: July 2022)
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In booklists: Changing the World - Books for Children & Young Adults, Black and Asian Characters: Young Adult Fiction, Wearing the Hijab: Books for Children and Young Adults, Fiction - Young Adults, Anti-Racism - Books for Young Adults, In categories: Childrens & Teenage Books, Changing the World, Black, Asian & Other Diasporas, Fiction, Anti-Racism,