From BOOKRIOT's 3 on a Theme:
DOES MY HEAD LOOK BIG IN THIS?
Somewhere in the wilds of Australia, we encounter Amal Abdel-Hakim.
She’s an Australian-Muslim-Palestinian. “That means I was born an Aussie
and whacked with some bloody confusing identity hyphens,” she says.
While watching Friends on the treadmill, she comes to a decision: she’s
going to wear the hijab. Full time. This is a story of a girl of immense
faith who makes a decision and sticks with it, while still having to go
through the daily woes of high school, including everything from
crushes to grades.
(Add from Miss Ashley: Abdel-Fattah's other novel, TEN THINGS I HATE ABOUT ME is a must-read!)
Na'ima B. Robert
She Wore Red Trainers alternates points of view between Ali, a
down-on-his-luck pretty boy whose family has to live in London for the
summer, and the goal-oriented Amirah, who has no plans to get married or
be held back in her dreams of Uni and a great job. As the weather
changes, the story wends its way around the two as they move around each
other in the days of summer and beyond.
WRITTEN IN THE STARS
This book comes out March 24th, and it looks both darling and tragic. The right parts of Romeo and Juliet–two
people who love each other even at the disapproval of her family–meet
the clash of traditional conservatism and youthful desire. Naila is
given relative freedom when it comes to living in the United States; she
doesn’t have to cover her head, she can study what she wants. But no
boys. She will be married based on her immigrant parents’ traditions: to
whomever they decide. Guess nobody told her heart.
I wouldn’t include this in the actual “3 on a YA Theme” because I
(read: publishers) don’t consider Ms. Marvel to be strictly YA. It does,
however, feature a teenage, female, Muslim, AWESOME protagonist who not
only has to deal with coming of age in an environment that can be
openly hostile to Muslim-Americans, but also, hey! She has powers she
doesn’t understand or really know how to use properly.
Also, the importance of seeing a brown face on the cover of a Marvel comic is huge. Even if she only has half a face.
Scarlett is an American Muslim teenager who solves crimes a la Veronica
Mars (seriously, all I keep hearing about this one is Veronica Mars. It
had better deliver). The fact that she is Muslim is very high on the
list of items in the bullet list for her, which leads me to believe it
might have some integral part in the plot, instead of a simple feature
of her ethnic and religious background. We’ll see what happens when this
one comes out in May.