Search Results: "Randa Abdel-Fattah"


BOOK REVIEW

THE FRIENDSHIP MATCHMAKER by Randa Abdel-Fattah
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 17, 2012

"Abdel-Fattah demonstrates a savvy understanding of the middle school experience in this keenly observed tale. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Seventh-grader Lara Zany's reign as the self-appointed "Potts County Middle School official Friendship Matchmaker" is in peril. Read full book review >

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TEN THINGS I HATE ABOUT ME by Randa Abdel-Fattah
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Written with insight, humor and sensitivity, Abdel-Fattah introduces a winning Muslim-Australian heroine who discovers that 'honesty is liberating.' (Fiction. 12-16)"
A 16-year-old Australian-Muslim-Lebanese teen wonders who she really is as she straddles two cultural realities. Read full book review >

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THE FRIENDSHIP MATCHMAKER GOES UNDERCOVER by Randa Abdel-Fattah
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Although she struggles in her efforts to resolve her managing ways, Lara's genuine kindness and compassion remain evident in this poignant sequel. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Seventh-grader Lara discovers just how difficult it can be to change established habits. Read full book review >

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THE LINES WE CROSS by Randa Abdel-Fattah
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 9, 2017

"A meditation on a timely subject that never forgets to put its characters and their stories first. (Fiction. 12-17)"
An Afghani-Australian teen named Mina earns a scholarship to a prestigious private school and meets Michael, whose family opposes allowing Muslim refugees and immigrants into the country. Read full book review >

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DOES MY HEAD LOOK BIG IN THIS? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2007

"11 readers. (Fiction. 13-18)"
An "Australian-Muslin-Palestinian" teen opts to wear the hijab, the Muslim head scarf, full-time, embarking on a courageous exercise in self-understanding. Read full book review >

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WHERE THE STREETS HAD A NAME by Randa Abdel-Fattah
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"A refreshing and hopeful teen perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian dilemma. (glossary of Arabic words) (Fiction. 9-12)"
As she did in Does My Head Look Big in This? (2007) and Ten Things I Hate About Me (2009), Abdel-Fattah introduces a bright, articulate Muslim heroine coping with contemporary life, this time during the West Bank Israeli-Palestinian conflict in 2004. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A MAP OF HOME by Randa Jarrar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 2008

"A coming-of-age story that's both singular and universal—an outstanding debut."
A first-time novelist offers a fictional take on her own complex heritage. Read full book review >

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HIM, ME, MUHAMMAD ALI by Randa Jarrar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A record of an author finding her voice."
Debut collection from the award-winning author of A Map of Home (2008). Read full book review >

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THE SEVEN DAYS OF MAN by Abdel-Hakim Kassem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"Western readers may, accordingly, respond less enthusiastically to this novel's meditative symbolic form than to the incidental pleasures offered by its (thankfully) more mundane subplots and vivid secondary characters."
The Seven Days Of Man ($24.95; June 1996; 220 pp.; 0-8101-1415-1). Read full book review >

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AFTER BIN LADEN by Abdel Bari Atwan
NON-FICTION
Released: March 5, 2013

"A sobering, intensive report."
An al-Qaida watcher lends some farsighted insight into the group's motivation and direction. Read full book review >

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LOVE IN EXILE by Bahaa Taher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Incidental echoes of Hemingway, Malraux, and Camus enrich the texture of an unusually intelligent and absorbing political tale."
A brooding 1995 novel by Taher (Aunt Safiyya and the Monastery, 1996), winner of the prestigious Egyptian State Prize. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAMILY ACTS by Louise Shaffer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 28, 2007

"Southern charm, mystery-lite and the details of theater life converge in Shaffer's likable third novel (Ladies of Garrison Garden, 2005, etc.)."
A pleasant excursion into the heart and soul of theater life involving two women who become the mysterious inheritors of an old opera house. Read full book review >