Don't panic - I'm Islamic! Amal is a 16-year-old Melbourne teen with all the usual obsessions about boys, chocolate and Cosmo magazine. She's also a Muslim, struggling to honour the Islamic faith in a society that doesn't understand it. The story of her decision to "shawl up" is funny, surprising and touching by turns.
A Study Guide for Randa Abdel-Fattah's "Does My Head Look Big in This? ", excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Studentsfor all of your research needs.
How are teenagers’ religious experiences shown in today’s young adult literature? How do authors use religious texts and beliefs to add depth to characters, settings and plots? How does YA fiction place itself in the larger conversation regarding religion? Modern YA fiction does not shy away from the dilemmas and anxieties teenagers face today. While many stories end with the protagonist in a state of flux if not despair, some authors choose redemption or reconciliation. This collection of new essays explores these issues and more, with a focus on stories in which characters respond to a new (often shifting) religious landscape, in both realistic and fantastic worlds.
This is the diary of an ordinary, insecure woman in her thirties, Jacqueline M. Pane. Like all women, Jackie knows life would be perfect if only she had a small bum, sticky-up bosoms and didn't grow a moustache once a month . . . Chart her progress as she perfects the art of feeling shitty about every little, and not so little, bit of herself. The potential for self-doubt lies in everything - and it's all her fault.
Best friends Jodie, Rania and Deyana can't believe what they have found in the school library-a mysterious book that writes itself, just for them. Jodie's life is difficult enough-her father is in a new relationship and she's trying to get used to having a step-sister. The advice the book is giving her is so confusing. Who is the ghostly writer? What does she want?
This book presents a journey into the ideas, outlooks and identity of young Muslims in America today. Based on around 400 in-depth interviews with young Muslims from Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York and Virginia, all the richness and n
Release on 2012-04-12 | by Rosemary Lain-Priestley
Author: Rosemary Lain-Priestley
There are big questions that most of us come up against at some stage or other, maybe looking something like this: Does my life have a point? Do things really have to change? Am I happy enough? Where on earth is home? Will I ever be 'in' with the 'in crowd'? Is there never time to breathe? And we have a choice. To push these issues away by filling our lives with the noise and activity that will drown them out. Or to face them full-on, seeing them as a means of exploring the deepest possibilities of our lives. Does My Soul Look Big in This? is a book for a generation unafraid to be vulnerable, honest, authentic; for people longing to find for a spirituality that is relevant and real.
In Britain's highly politicised social climate in the aftermath of the 7/7 London bombings, this book provides an in-depth understanding of British Muslim identity. Nahid Kabir has carried out over 200 in-depth, semi-structured interviews with young Muslims in five British cities: London, Leicester, Bradford, Leeds and Cardiff. By emphasising the importance of biculturalism, Kabir conveys a realistic and hopeful vision for their successful integration into British society.