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Publisher's Summary

Winner in the Australian Book Industry Awards 2006 - Australian Book of the Year for Older Children.

The slide opened and I heard a gentle, kind voice: What is your confession, my child? I was stuffed. The priest would declare me a heretic; my parents would call me a traitor.... The Priest asked me again: What is your confession, my child? I'm Muslim. I whispered.

Welcome to my world. I'm Amal Abdel-Hakim, a 17 year-old Australian-Palestinian-Muslim still trying to come to grips with my various identity hyphens.

It's hard enough being cool as a teenager when being one issue behind the latest Cosmo is enough to disqualify you from the in-group. Try wearing a veil on your head and practicing the bum's up position at lunchtime and you know you're in for a tough time at school.

Luckily my friends support me, although they've got a few troubles of their own. Simone, blonde, gorgeous and overweight - she's got serious image issues, and Leila's really intelligent but her parents are more interested in her getting a marriage certificate than her high school certificate!

And I thought I had problems.

©2005 Randa Abdel-Fattah (P)2006 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"This is a superb first novel with clever, entertaining dialogue, language and characters." ( Good Reading magazine)

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Great Book

Usually I'm the type to not read but this book had me wanting to read more.

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Great Book for teenagers

As a parent I read the book to help my son. I think it’s a great book to show diversity in young teens!! Loved it !!