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Product description

Michael is drawn to his new classmate Mina, but they’re on opposite sides of an issue that’s tearing their town apart. His parents are part of an anti-immigration group, while her family have fled their besieged home in Afghanistan. As tensions rise, lines are drawn and both must decide what they want their world to look like, no matter the cost.

Product Details

Catalogue number

8399 in ISBC EU Sec Rewards 2019/20 and 8399 in Secondary Schools Catalogue 2020/21

Format

Paperback

ISBN

9781407173474

Publisher

Scholastic

Date published

May 4th, 2017

Lexile measure

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.8; Upper years; 11.0 points

Other details
  • 400 pages
Condition

New

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Author/Illustrator

Randa Abdel-Fattah

Reviews

  1. Emma S
    on 5 July 2017

    Love, loss and understanding

    This book consists of tales of love, loss, understanding and equality, as Mina meets Michael and opinions differ, due to Michael's parents being leaders of an anti-immigrant group, yet Mina is a Muslim refugee from Afghanistan.

    I believe that this book is targeted at people above the age of 14, and before reading the book, no matter what stance you have on political situations, go into it being open minded.

    I loved this book because it shows that if you are uneducated, then you are ignorant, much like Michael is, and with the knowledge that he gains, his understanding grows as he does research. And I think that this portrays a real understanding on how society reacts to political situations, as most people are uneducated about certain topics.

    This book made me laugh, as Abdel-Fattah intelligently and sensitively wrote Mina and she, as a character, makes jokes about the political situations, as it is very tactful and well articulated.

    It was definitely a page turner, as you see relationships between characters blossom and grow. I'd have to say that my favourite character is Paula, as she is witty, intelligent and is also a little bit vulnerable - which makes her relateable.

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