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Driving by Starlight

By: Anat Deracine

Leena and her best friend Mishail delight in small rebellions against the Saudi Arabian cultural police: Western clothing, forbidden music, dating. Still, Leena wants more.
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ISBN: 9781250133427

JLG Release: Sep 2018


Sensitive Areas: Language: Mild Language, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Violence: Self-Harm, Violence: Domestic/Physical Abuse
Topics: Saudi Arabia , Middle East , Friendship , Interpersonal relationships , Schools , Islam , Muslims , Sharia law , Resistance to government , Marriage

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Awards & Honors

CCBC Choices 2019 Choice: Fiction for Young Adults
Kirkus Best Books, Young Adult - 2018

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, The Horn Book Magazine

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Living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, during the time after the Arab Spring, best friends Leena and Mishail take delight in their small rebellions against their malecontrolled, religiously strict society. Short dresses, makeup, joy rides, flirting with boys, selfies—all of it haraam (forbidden). But even at their silliest, the sixteenyear- old duo’s Living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, during the time after the Arab Spring, best friends Leena and Mishail take delight in their small rebellions against their malecontrolled, religiously strict society. Short dresses, makeup, joy rides, flirting with boys, selfies—all of it haraam (forbidden). But even at their silliest, the sixteenyear- old duo’s rebellions carry the enormous risk of both girls being seized by the religious police. As Leena dresses in traditionally male garb to buy groceries without a chaperone, as she dreams of college and its relative freedom, and as truths about her father’s imprisonment intersect with sudden ruptures in her relationship with Mishail, her flippancy falls away to reveal the precariousness of both girls’ lives. Deracine’s debut joins a growing oeuvre that centers the identities and experiences of young Muslim women of color, yet nuanced (even raw) characterization and a twisting plot make this narrative stand out. The protagonist and her supporting cast of friends subvert Western ideas of Muslim women victimized by their cultures to show teens who fight for the futures they want without giving up who they are, even as the plot intertwines the angsts of teenage girlhood with the anxieties of politics and power. Arabic vocabulary and Saudi cultural concepts are explained (for outsiders) without bogging down the prose, and readers will also find an accompanying glossary. anastasia m. collins

Book Details

ISBN

9781250133427

First Release

September 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

288

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.8; Points: 10;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.6; Points: 16;

Lexile

Level 860L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Henry Holt

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Mild Language, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Violence: Self-Harm, Violence: Domestic/Physical Abuse

Topics

Saudi Arabia, Middle East, Friendship, Interpersonal relationships, Schools, Islam, Muslims, Sharia law, Resistance to government, Marriage,

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