Does My Head Look Big in This?

Does My Head Look Big in This?

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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, ©2007, ©2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780439922333
9780439919470
0439919479
Branch Call Number: y ABDELFATT
Characteristics: 360 pages ; 22 cm

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When 16 year old Amal decides to wear hijab to high school, she has to fend off questions not only from non Muslims but also from her more liberal Muslim friends. Notable for its portrayal of varied Muslim families, from conservative to liberal.

When Amal, a 16-year-old Australian-Muslim-Palestinian (which as she puts it, "means I was born an Aussie and whacked with some seriously confusing identity hyphens") decides to start wearing the hijab, she wonders who will support her and who won't.

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


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GCPL_Teen Jun 28, 2017

While it is great to see a positive portrayal of a young Muslim woman, this book is somewhat shallow and one-dimensional. While the protagonist struggles to reconcile Western life with her religion, much of the plot is typical YA girl drama.

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Sarah01
Mar 26, 2017

Loved this book! Quirky and relatable for people of all ages, ethnic background, and faiths.

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runawayrock
Aug 26, 2015

This was an AMAZING book!!! I mean it!!! I myself am muslim and can totally relate Amal's experiences. Her funny and out-going personality makes it even more enjoyable. Even if you are not muslim, this is still a very good book for teens that feel insecure about themselves. I can't even explain in words how much I LOVE this book. Great job Randa!!! Can't wait to read more work from you!!!

black_panda_2123 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!

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oatmealseed
Aug 21, 2013

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.

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DanceFiddler
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.

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Ms_Silva
Oct 23, 2012

Funny! Unique perspective.

LocketLibrarian Mar 26, 2011

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+

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.

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Ubalstecha
Feb 06, 2010

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.

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oatmealseed thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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Ms_Silva
Oct 22, 2012

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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