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  • ISBN: 9781743534977
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pub Date: 28/06/2016
  • Category: Society & social sciences / Society & culture: general
    Children's, Teenage & educational / General fiction (Children's / Teenage)
    Fiction & related items / General
    Society & social sciences / Cultural studies
    Teenage & Young Adult Fiction / Young Adult
  • Imprint: Pan Australia
  • Pages: 360
  • Price: $18.99

From the bestselling author of Does My Head Look Big In This?

"When Michael Met Mina is cutting and hilarious; powerful but warm; diverse but not didactic; fierce and encouraging. It is young adult fiction at its finest: unique and challenging, written well, and without condescension. Australian teens should read this book, then pass it on to their parents." Maxine Beneba Clarke, author of The Hate Race, Foreign Soil and Carrying The World

A boy. A girl. Two families. One great divide.

When Michael meets Mina, they are at a rally for refugees - standing on opposite sides.

Mina fled Afghanistan with her mother via a refugee camp, a leaky boat and a detention centre.

Michael's parents have founded a new political party called Aussie Values.

They want to stop the boats.

Mina wants to stop the hate.

When Mina wins a scholarship to Michael's private school, their lives crash together blindingly.

A novel for anyone who wants to fight for love, and against injustice.

Awards

Long-listed for Gold Inky Award 2017Long-listed for Gold Inky Award 2017.

Winner for Victorian Premier's Literary Awards People's Choice Award 2017Winner for Victorian Premier's Literary Awards People's Choice Award 2017.

Long-listed for Indie Book Awards Young Adult 2017Long-listed for Indie Book Awards Young Adult 2017.

Winner for Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Writing for Young Adults 2017Winner for Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Writing for Young Adults 2017.

Author Information

Randa is an award-winning author, former lawyer, regular media commentator and doctoral candidate researching Islamophobia in Australia. Randa is currently working on the film adaptation of her first novel, Does My Head Look Big in This? and is keen to use her intervention into popular culture to reshape dominant narratives around racism and multiculturalism. Randa has written eight other books, including Ten Things I Hate About Me, Where the Streets Had a Name, Noah's Law and No Sex in the City. She lives in Sydney with her husband and three children.

Randa is a prominent Australian author, academic, human rights advocate, former lawyer and mother of four children. She has been nominated for Sweden's 2019 Astrid Lindgren Award, the world's biggest children's and young adult literature award (she was also nominated in 2018). The award-winning author of eleven novels, published and translated in over 20 countries, Randa writes across a wide range of genres and actively seeks to translate her academic work into creative interventions which reshape dominant narratives around race, human rights, multiculturalism and identity in popular culture. She has been publishing her op eds in Australia's national and international newspapers and journals since 1998. She has had regular appearances on Q&A, The Drum, Lateline and The 7.30 Report, and radio interviews (RN Drive, ABC Books and Arts, The Conversation Hour etc.).

Her debut novel, Does My Head Look Big in This?, has sold more than 100,000 copies in Australia, is published around the world and was performed on the stage in America. With funding from Screen Australia and Create NSW, Randa is currently adapting Does My Head Look Big in This? as an Australian feature film. Randa has been the recipient of many awards including the Victorian Premier's Literary Award (2005 and 2017), the Australian Book Industry Awards, the Kathleen Mitchell Award and the State Library of Victoria Centre for Youth Literature's Gold Inky award. Randa's books have also consistently made it to best fiction lists in the USA and Top 100 New York Public Library Books for Teenagers.

Randa is also a postdoctoral Research Fellow at Macquarie University where she is working on a project - the first of its kind in Australia - comparing the generational impact of the war on terror on Muslim and non-Muslim youth born into a post 9/11 world via in-depth interviews and innovative storytelling workshops in schools and universities.

Randa does not consider herself to be a typical academic, having come to academia from a law career and continuing career as a novelist. She is regularly invited as a guest speaker at writers' festivals and schools around the world. She addresses hundreds of students every year and continues to juggle her human rights advocacy and writing around her academic work as she wants her academic work to be grounded in community.

Randa is also a Stella Schools Ambassador in the Girls Write Up program, promoting awareness around diversity and social justice from an intersectional framework through workshops in Australian schools.

She is currently co-editing an anthology about growing up Arab in Australia due for publication by Picador in 2019.

She can be found at www.randaabdelfattah.com and @RandaAFattah