You Must Be Layla

You Must Be Layla 1

by Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 05/03/2019

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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’.

ISBN:
9780143788515
9780143788515
Category:
General fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
05-03-2019
Publisher:
PENGUIN BOOKS AUSTRALIA
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
288
Dimensions (mm):
197x130x21mm
Weight:
0.2kg
Yassmin Abdel-Magied

2015 Queensland Young Australian of the Year, Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a mechanical engineer, social advocate, writer and petrol head.

She advocates for the empowerment of youth, women and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Yassmin is also passionate about diversifying public voices, connecting people and catalysing change.

At sixteen, Yassmin Abdel-Magied founded Youth Without Borders, an organisation focused on enabling young people to work for positive change in their communities.

In 2012 she was named Young Leader in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac’s inaugural 100 Women of Influence Awards. Born in Sudan and moving to with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (First Class Honours), and was a recipient of the University of Queensland’s Dean’s Excellence scholarship. Yassmin has just been recognised in the Australian Muslim Achievement Awards as Youth of the Year.

She serves on various state and federal councils and is currently works as an engineering specialist on oil and gas rigs. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, having a yarn, football (Liverpool FC!), Formula 1, boxing and is saving for her first V8.

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  • Reviewed by Olivia at Angus & Robertson

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    Contemporary YA from Australian authors just keeps getting better and better, and the genre has found a vital new voice in Yassmin Abdel-Magied. Her debut YA novel, You Must Be Layla, is a charming, funny, and empowering celebration of what can happen when a teenage girl sets her sights on success.

    New student Layla is determined to prove herself at her fancy high school, to make people look past her headscarf and long skirt to see who she really is. Too bad she just got suspended for talking back. A school-wide invention contest seems to be the perfect way to prove that she’s deserving of her scholarship, so Layla sets about to show the world (and herself) just what she’s made of. Smart, fierce, and passionate, Layla is one of the most lovable teen heroines you will ever meet, and this book is a delightful read that you just can’t miss.