Does My Head Look Big in This?

Abdel-Fattah, Randa

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Does My Head Look Big in This?
Year Eleven at an exclusive prep school in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, would be tough enough, but it is further complicated for Amal when she decides to wear the hijab, the Muslim head scarf, full-time as a badge of her faith--without losing her identity or sense of style.

Publisher: New York : Orchard Books, c2007, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780439919470
Branch Call Number: y ABDELFATT
Characteristics: 360 p. ;,22 cm


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When Amal decides to start wearing the hijab, she wonders who will support her and who won't.

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Aug 19, 2014

AWESOME book. Is funny and portrays a Muslim teen perfectly. I am Muslim so I really share Amal's point of view on many things, although things are a bit different in Australia than in New York. Overall a great read for anyone!

Aug 21, 2013
  • oatmealseed rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book was great for me, I'm older than the age the book was intended for (in my 20s, not teens) BUT it was a great informational book for me, even though it was fiction. My boyfriend is Muslim, just here from the KSA recently and this was a nice way for me to get a little more information about what a Muslim girl in an English country would go through . It also helped introduce me to some new vocabulary that the BF had had trouble explaining to me.

Jul 29, 2013

A young Muslim girl growing up in Australia decides to wear hijab full-time. She faces prejudice and varying levels of understanding from within and without, and learns what it truly means to be pious. A very nice book; showcases the variety of Muslim belief and practice and the challenges unique and universal which they face.

Oct 23, 2012
  • Ms_Silva rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Funny! Unique perspective.

Mar 26, 2011
  • LocketLibrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent YA book--informative look at life as a Muslim after 9/11--in Australia.

Amal is a phenomenal character, this is a must read for kids 12+

Aug 03, 2010
  • littleXmissXpriceless rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

It was an okay book. I enjoyed the idea and the feel of what Amal was going through, but the author failed to give her the voice of a 16 year old. She sounded like a small 12 year old girl, not the mature 11th grader she was made out to be.

Feb 06, 2010
  • Ubalstecha rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

FANTASTIC!!! One of the best YA novels I have read in a while. Deals with the issue of being Musllim without getting preachy. Amal is a normal 16 year old girl trying to deal with normal issues in a post 9/11 Australia.

Jan 21, 2010
  • Bells rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I thought this was a good book, and I thought it had a good message. I enjoyed the glimpse into another culture and religion, but something about it felt off - it didn't strike me like the voice of a real teenage girl. It feel a little bit preachy and forced at times. Otherwise a good read.

Nov 02, 2009
  • loonylovesgood rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A really wonderful book for teens. I liked reading it from a Muslim teenage girl's perspective. Inspiring and realistic!

Oct 07, 2009
  • acarroll rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an incredibly well written exploration of a young womans journey to find her identity as a muslim, as a woman and and as an australian. This book is very layerd and explores not only the young womans journey but also is a snapshot of race and human relations in modern times. A similar title is the equaly amazing but not quite so current "looking for alibrandi" which I've read about a hundred times since I first layed my eyes on it.

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Aug 21, 2013
  • oatmealseed rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

oatmealseed thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

Jun 19, 2013

scarlettrose01 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Mar 26, 2011
  • LocketLibrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Oct 22, 2012
  • Ms_Silva rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Australian teen Amal has decided to go "full time" and wear the hijab (veil) all the time, even at school. Story deals with friendships at school and with other girls with & without veils. Strict and less strict families. Immigrant life in Australia.
FUNNY! Unique perspective"


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