According to the author, “The Hysterical Girls of St. Bernadette’s” is “a book about complicated relationships, about trauma, and about what it takes for girls to be believed.”
Out Now: “Listen, Layla” Empowers Determined Muslim Girls
The YA novel “Listen, Layla,” sequel to “You Must Be Layla,” features the same headstrong teenage protagonist, this time straddling disparate cultures as she leaves Brisbane to visit her sick grandmother in Sudan. Said Mahasin Abuwi Aleem of Hijabi librarians, “Arabic phrases, Islamic references, and Australian slang contribute to the authenticity of the well-paced narrative. Shining a light on Sudan’s oft-forgotten history and the current challenges facing the nation, this novel will resonate with those working to make sense of multiple identities.”
Author Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a Sudanese Australian woman herself, in addition to writer, broadcaster, social advocate and former engineer. Abdel-Magied founded the first of three organizations, Youth Without Borders (which empowers youth to make positive social changes), at only 16. She was also voted Queensland’s Young Australian of the Year in 2015.