Does My Head Look Big in This?

Hijabs are political. Can Muslim high-schooler Amal find the guts to wear her scarf full time? A funny and heartfelt read about growing up Muslim in a world that doesn’t always understand you. In Melbourne, Australia, hijabs aren’t exactly normal. It would be easier to walk into class naked than wearing a veil. Boy, will the kids freak out. Amal’s always been a typical Aussie schoolgirl, with all the usual obsessions: boys, chocolate and Cosmo mag. That’s all going to change once she shawls up. Plus, how much eyeliner should she wear with her hijab? And how will she catch her crush’s eye? It’s tough enough being sixteen without having to say: ‘Don’t panic – I’m Islamic!’

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Authors

  • Randa Abdel-Fattah

    Randa Abdel-Fattah is a 26 year-old Australian-born Muslim-Palestinian-Egyptian-choc-a-holic lawyer. Having grown up in Melbourne, she now lives in Sydney where she is active in the inter-faith community. She loves travelling to Egypt and Palestine and being spoilt by relatives. She also loves reading, watching romantic comedies, her husband’s sense of humour, getting a seat on the train, and any movie starring Colin Firth. Randa is married with a baby daughter.

    Awards

    Randa won the Australian 2009 Golden Inky for Where the Streets Had a Name.

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