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The Lines We Cross

By: Randa Abdel-Fattah

Michael's parents drag him to rallies held by their anti-immigrant group which make sense to him until he meets Mina,a Muslim refugee from Afghanistan.

ISBN: 9781338118667

JLG Release: Aug 2017


Sensitive Areas: Violence: Mild Violence, Language: Strong Language, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use
Topics: Australia , Islam , Refugees , Private schools , Prejudice and racism , Islamophobia , Friendship

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Awards & Honors

YALSA 2018 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers Nominee
CCBC Choices 2018 Choice: Fiction for Young Adults
Booklist Top 10 Books for Youth 2017, Romance Fiction and Religion & Spirituality
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017, Teen Books
Los Angeles Public Library Best of 2017: Teen Books

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist*, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

School Library Journal

Mina, her mother, and her stepfather, Afghani refugees in Sydney, Australia, are moving out of multicultural Auburn into a more homogenous, wealthy neighborhood to open a halal restaurant. Michael is the obedient son of the founder of Aussie Values, an anti-immigration group. The two teens meet at Mina’s new school, where she is on scholarshi Mina, her mother, and her stepfather, Afghani refugees in Sydney, Australia, are moving out of multicultural Auburn into a more homogenous, wealthy neighborhood to open a halal restaurant. Michael is the obedient son of the founder of Aussie Values, an anti-immigration group. The two teens meet at Mina’s new school, where she is on scholarship. Michael is immediately smitten with witty, self-possessed, intelligent Mina. He falls hard and has to figure out what he believes, because if he is anti-immigration, he is anti-Mina. Mina struggles with trusting Michael, whose family is clearly no ally to hers and whose best friend is a complete jerk. Told from the protagonists’ alternating perspectives, this work presents a multifaceted look at a Muslim teen. Mina and Michael’s relationship is threatened by direct attacks perpetrated by Aussie Values on Mina’s family’s restaurant. Their love develops amid (mostly) well-meaning but flawed family and friends. Abdel-Fattah explores teen nerdiness, sexuality, cruelty, compassion, family pressure, neglect, and loyalty. She is a master at conveying themes of tolerance, working in humor, and weaving multiple emotionally complex points of view. VERDICT A timely and compassionate portrait of the devastating losses of refugees, political conflicts within a family and a nation, and the astounding capacity of young people to identify hate and yet act with empathy and love. A must-purchase for all collections.—Sara Lissa Paulson, City-As-School High School, New York City

Book Details

ISBN

9781338118667

First Release

August 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

6" x 8 3/4"

Page Count

400

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Scholastic

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence: Mild Violence, Language: Strong Language, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use

Topics

Australia, Islam, Refugees, Private schools, Prejudice and racism, Islamophobia, Friendship,

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