- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 - 12
- Lexile Measure: 690 (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Press (May 9, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781338118667
- ISBN-13: 978-1338118667
- ASIN: 1338118668
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
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The Lines We Cross Hardcover – May 9, 2017
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Gr 9 Up—Mina, her mother, and her stepfather, Afghani refugees in Sydney, Australia, are moving out of multicultural Auburn into a more homogenous, wealthy neighborhood to open a halal restaurant. Michael is the obedient son of the founder of Aussie Values, an anti-immigration group. The two teens meet at Mina's new school, where she is on scholarship. Michael is immediately smitten with witty, self-possessed, intelligent Mina. He falls hard and has to figure out what he believes, because if he is anti-immigration, he is anti-Mina. Mina struggles with trusting Michael, whose family is clearly no ally to hers and whose best friend is a complete jerk. Told from the protagonists' alternating perspectives, this work presents a multifaceted look at a Muslim teen. Mina and Michael's relationship is threatened by direct attacks perpetrated by Aussie Values on Mina's family's restaurant. Their love develops amid (mostly) well-meaning but flawed family and friends. Abdel-Fattah explores teen nerdiness, sexuality, cruelty, compassion, family pressure, neglect, and loyalty. She is a master at conveying themes of tolerance, working in humor, and weaving multiple emotionally complex points of view. VERDICT A timely and compassionate portrait of the devastating losses of refugees, political conflicts within a family and a nation, and the astounding capacity of young people to identify hate and yet act with empathy and love. A must-purchase for all collections.—Sara Lissa Paulson, City-As-School High School, New York City
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* "A meditation on a timely subject that never forgets to put its characters and their stories first." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Abdel-Fattah (Where the Streets Had a Name) delivers an engaging romance within a compelling exploration of the sharply opposing beliefs that tear people apart, and how those beliefs can be transformed through human relationships." -- Publishers Weekly
"Abdel-Fattah . . . is a master at conveying themes of tolerance, working in humor, and weaving multiple emotionally complex points of view. A timely and compassionate portrait of the devastating losses of refugees, political conflicts within a family and a nation, and the astounding capacity of young people to identify hate and yet act with empathy and love. A must-purchase for all collections." -- School Library Journal
"A Romeo and Juliet story for our times . . . Abdel-Fattah offers young readers immeasurable perspective into a present-day crisis." -- BookPage
"Timely, relevant and quite thought-provoking." -- RT Book Reviews
"An unflinching look at refugees, immigration, religion and Islamophobia . . . This timely book explores the emotionally and politically charged atmosphere behind immigration . . . putting personal stories to issues many only read about in the news." -- Bustle
Praise for Where the Streets Had a Name:
*"This novel is an important addition to a very small body of existing books that tell the Palestinian story for young people, and an intensely realistic setting brings that story to life. It is full of humor, adventure, and family love, but doesn't try to hide the heartbreaking and often bitter reality of life under Occupation. Abdel-Fattah manages to walk the line of truth-telling and sensitivity." -- School Library Journal, starred review
"Hayaat's immediate, wry, and irreverent narrative intensifies the story of anguished struggle and Palestinian politics . . . The suspense builds . . . to heartbreaking revelations." -- Booklist
"A refreshing and hopeful teen perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian dilemma." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Abdel-Fattah (Does My Head Look Big in This?) crafts a classic quest . . . The heroine's courage, warmth, and humor despite mounting challenges will win over readers." -- Publishers Weekly
Praise for Ten Things I Hate About Me:
"Written with insight, humor and sensitivity, Abdel-Fattah introduces a winning Muslim-Australian heroine who discovers that 'honesty is liberating.'" -- Kirkus Reviews
"The teen's present-tense narrative is as hilarious as the narrator's in Abdel-Fattah's first book and is just as honest about the shocking prejudice against Muslims. Teens will love the free-flowing, funny dialogue, even as they recognize their own ways of covering up who they are." -- Booklist
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"Beautifully written with well-developed characters, this novel raises very relevant questions about racism and identity that teens of any culture or religion will relate to." -- Romantic Times
"The book will . . . appeal to teens who like stories about outsiders finding their place in the world." -- School Library Journal
Praise for Does My Head Look Big In This?:
*"This breakthrough debut novel . . . [is a] funny, touching contemporary narrative [that] will grab teens everywhere." -- Booklist, starred review
*"Amal... emerges a bright, articulate heroine true to herself and her faith. Abdel-Fattah's fine first novel offers a world of insight." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Refreshing . . . a valuable book." -- New York Times Book Review
"[A] witty, sensitive debut." -- People Magazine
"With an engaging narrator at the helm, Abdel-Fattah's debut novel should open the eyes of many a reader . . . Using a winning mix of humor and sensitivity, Abdel-Fattah ably demonstrates that her heroine is, at heart, a teen like any other. This debut should speak to anyone who has felt like an outsider for any reason." -- Publishers Weekly
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I could not put this book down. I even took this book with me while walking my dog, I have a true hard cover book. I would would read while walkjng or taking breaks and sitting on the grass to read.
The book is very compling and tells the story of hatred , and a little Romeo and Juliette, in a fresh manner and not so obvious manner.
Mina and Michael begin this book on opposite sides of the line. Michael’s family runs an organization that is staunchly against “boat people” i.e asylum seeking immigrants. They rally against things they read as Islamization of their country - formation of Islamic schools, women in hijabs etc. Michael goes along with his family’s beliefs until he meets Mina an Afghani refugee, now living in Australia.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this YA novel because it’s one of those that completely flew under my radar after release. The author deftly maneuvers the conversation about Islamophobia and tolerance without sounding preachy. She also shows how difficult it can be to move in the opposite direction of our deeply ingrained beliefs. I especially love the idea that people who are “nice and kind sometimes” can also be racists.
Overall, very mature teenagers in this novel with a good amount of social media featuring — something which novelists can seem to ignore exists in their stories. I especially loved Michael’s character and the amount of growth he undergoes throughout the story. Incisive, enlightening and engaging novel! Highly recommended for high schoolers and older.
When Michael sees Mina at an anti immigration rally put on by his parents, he’s transfixed by her fierce gaze. When she joins his class at school, his emotions start an internal war that ultimately forces him to question not only what his parents believe, but what he believes, even to the extent of creating a family chasm. The interaction between everyone in this story is not only very realistic, it’s riveting. It’s the sort of story that can force people who have been floating along, to start questioning their own viewpoints and even rethink long held beliefs