You Must Be Layla // YA Fiction

With her long skirt and headscarf Layla certainly stands out at her new high school. Everyone thinks they know her, just from a glance. But do they? And does Layla really know herself?

Layla's mind goes a million miles a minute, so does her mouth – unfortunately her better judgement can take a while to catch up! Although she believes she was justified for doing what she did, a suspension certainly isn't the way she would have wished to begin her time at her fancy new high school. Despite the setback, Layla's determined to show everyone that she does deserve her scholarship and sets her sights on winning a big invention competition. But where to begin?

Looking outside and in, Layla will need to come to terms with who she is and who she wants to be if she has any chance of succeeding.

Jam-packed with heart and humour You Must Be Layla by Yassmin Abdel-Magied reveals a powerful new voice in children’s writing. Touching on the migrant experience and exploring thought-provoking themes relevant to all teens, this book shows the strength required to be a Queen with a capital ‘Q’.

You Must Be Layla will be available in the UK from the 6th of February, 2020. It is currently available for order through the links below.

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Published in 2016 // Penguin Random House // Vintage Imprint

Frank, fearless, funny, articulate, and inspiring, Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a young Muslim dynamo offering a bracing breath of fresh air—and hope. At 21, Yassmin found herself working on a remote Australian oil and gas rig; she was the only woman and certainly the only Sudanese-Egyptian-Australian background Muslim woman. With her hijab quickly christened a "tea cosy," there could not be a more unlikely place on earth for a young Muslim woman to want to be. This is the story of how she got there, where she is going, and how she wants the world to change.

Penguin Random House is contributing royalties to Youth Without Borders.

Just like Yassmin herself, this is a big bold book with a wicked sense of humour that tells the story of the young Sudanese Muslim who arrived in Australia as a 2 year old and became an engineer, a leader and an inspiration to all of us.
—Dr Anne Summers

Indefatigable, blisteringly funny and outrageously smart, Yassmin is one of my favourite people, and this book is as brilliant as the woman behind it. Yassmin’s Story doesn't just look at what it means to be a modern Muslim woman in the 21st century, but – maybe even more importantly – how lead an adventurous life with integrity. —Benjamin Law




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