Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

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When sixteen-year-old Amal decides to wear the hijab full-time, her entire world changes, all because of a piece of cloth...

Sixteen-year-old Amal makes the decision to start wearing the hijab full- time and everyone has a reaction. Her parents, her teachers, her friends, people on the street. But she stands by her decision to embrace her faith and all that it is, even if it does make her a little different from everyone else.

Can she handle the taunts of "towel head," the prejudice of her classmates, and still attract the cutest boy in school? Brilliantly funny and poignant, Randa Abdel-Fattah's debut novel will strike a chord in all teenage readers, no matter what their beliefs.
 

About Randa Abdel-Fattah

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RANDA ABDEL-FATTAH is a twenty-six-year-old lawyer. Does My Head Look Big in This? is her first novel, and like its fictional heroine, she has her own identity hyphens to contend with as an Australian-born-Muslim-Palestinian-Egyptian-choc-a-holic. She lives in Sydney, Australia.
 
Published May 1, 2007 by Orchard Books. 368 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Poised to begin the third term of 11th grade, Amal admits, “it’s hard enough being an Arab Muslim at a new school,” but “shawling up is just plain psychotic.” Determined to prove she’s strong enough to “wear a badge of my faith,” Amal faces ostracism and ridicule as she dons her hijab with both g...

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Their worries, in fact, are well-founded: Amal attracts her share of stares and taunts both at school and around town, but she finds strength, not only from her convictions, but from her close-knit group of friends, who for various reasons—being Japanese, Jewish, nerdy or body-conscious—are perce...

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The book addresses Islamic religious practices and customs, including misconceptions, and is very positive about the symbolism of the hijab that Amal decides to wear to school, emphasizing how empowered she feels wearing "this cloth [that] binds us in some kind of universal sisterhood."

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If you enjoyed Looking for Alibrandi, you'll adore this new novel by Randa Abdel-Fattah.

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Knox News

But when Adam wants to become even closer to Amal, she must make a choice: Adam or Islam?

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