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3.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 5 3.48 (21 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Randa Abdel-Fattah Narrator: Rebecca Macauley Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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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..... Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 £mily | 2/9/2014

    " Nice message, but a tad(cough) to preachy. Would of liked to had learn more about that culture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faria.706 | 1/28/2014

    " I loved this book so much! It is truly such a beautiful book! I recommend this book to everyone! It's about a young Australian-Palestinian Muslim girl who decides to wear the hijab, in other words, 'a badge of her faith'. Amal faces so many problems as she wears the hijab. She is faced with ridicule; however, she learns to get over it and not care about what others think. As long as the people she loves is around her, it's all she needs. This book is a fun mixture of sensitivity, humor, and a little bit of romance. This author is great. Every word I read made me feel like I was watching a movie or actually living this life. This book is my favorite book I have read all year.. I can't express any more. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shelby Thompson | 1/26/2014

    " Not a book I would recommend. I didn't like it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 flores | 1/22/2014

    " When Amal an Autralian-Palestanian teenager decides to wear the hijab she is certain that she is ready to take this step. Amal is like any other teenager who just wants to fit in, has a crush on a boy who later in te book she thinks the guy just wants to take advantage of her. Amal faces many chanllenges while wearing the hijab she gets treated as if she was a "terrorist". But she is not the only one going thru trouble, her friend simone is obsessed with diets, Eileen puts up with all the racist comments of her Japanese heritage, and Leila she has to put up with her older good for nothing of a brother and her mom trying to find her a husband. Towards the end of the story Amal realizes that is the her different immigrant friends and family are the ones who have made who she is.but this book is not only about being a muslim it is also about not fully grown up an having growing pains of wanting more freedom than parents are willing to allow. This book allows us the readers to to think of why we act the way we act towards others. In todays society this focus is extremely relavant and intriguing. I personally like Amal because she stands up for her self and what she thinks is right. Also Amal mentions that she does not like being judged but towards the end of the story when she goes on a debate she mantions that one of the girls "looks as if she wants to get intimate with a toilet bowl" how hyoercritical is that? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 1/8/2014

    " Loved this book. Teaches about acceptance and that we're all more alike than different. Given the climate for Muslims these days, its got some very important messages, but doesn't get preachy at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elisabeth | 1/5/2014

    " This is my favourite book. For people interested in learning about other cultures this is great. Ages mature 12+ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kellianne | 1/5/2014

    " This is a wonderful Young Adult book about a muslim girl and her dedication to God. I loved learning more about the muslim culture through the eyes of a teenager. Highly recommend. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Crystal | 12/14/2013

    " Quick, easy read in the typical, young adult literature fashion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 hidwood | 11/23/2013

    " Loved this book! It was great for seeing life from another perspective. A good young adult read about how hard it is to fit in. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Luna C | 9/18/2013

    " No, I did not like this book as much. Because this book felt rascist to me. I feel like readers need to understand that different people have different perspectives. In fact, I thought this book was a little mean. I don't have much to say because not other people have to be like other people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Quraishah | 6/14/2012

    " please do give this book a chance:). it is funny and witty actually. suitable for Muslims teenagers cause you will say things like "i know exactly how that feels!". <3 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 5/23/2012

    " I found this one at the King Library. Brooke and I found books and went into the childrens area so Nate could run around, and it cracked me up from the beginning... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tabitha Munyaka | 11/28/2011

    " great but it is not my genre "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb Geiger | 11/1/2011

    " A sixteen-year-old Muslim girl deals with the consequences of deciding to wear the hijab full time. Thought-provoking reflections on the intersection of faith and popular culture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine Theriault | 10/6/2011

    " I liked this enough to recommend to my students--Amal's struggles as an independent thinker with a feisty spirit is a universal theme. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Whitney | 9/23/2011

    " I wanted to like this because of the topic (an Australian Muslim girl decides to wear her hijab full-time), but it just wasn't well-written. The author makes the classic mistake of telling, not showing. I couldn't finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonette | 5/20/2011

    " Interesting look into a muslim teenagers life in New York. I learned a lot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alanna | 4/29/2011

    " it was nice not what i expected though "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Widad | 3/19/2011

    " At first, I almost forced myself to like this book because it was the first time I had ever encountered a book with a hijabi protagonist. But we can do so much better than this, fellow Muslims, right???? Right?? *cries in a corner*
    It was okay, I guess. Maybe my standards are too high... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 H.s. | 3/17/2011

    " humorous, learned a lot about the decisions a Muslim makes for their religion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ale | 3/6/2011

    " it was a really good book and i recommend it to every one that likes interesting, religious books "

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