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When Michael Met Mina  : People's Choice Winner - Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2017 - Randa Abdel-Fattah

When Michael Met Mina

People's Choice Winner - Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2017

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Published: 28th June 2016
For Ages: 14+ years old
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Young Adult Writing Winner - Victorian Premier's Literary Awards

People's Choice Winner - Victorian Premier's Literary Awards

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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.

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

About the Author

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.

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5.0

10/10 would recommend

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from Perth

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters
  • Informative
  • Page-Turner
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Travel Reading
    • Younger Readers

    Comments about When Michael Met Mina:

    10/10 would recommend to everyone who has to listen to their family dribble nonsense about asylum seekers! very well written, very emotional and all around brilliant. cannot speak highly enough about this book

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    5.0

    Tiny hint of Romeo and Juliet

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    from Country NSW

    About Me Bookworm

    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Easy To Read
    • Engaging characters
    • Informative
    • Page-Turner
    • Well Written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gift
      • Older Readers
      • Travel Reading
      • Younger Readers

      Comments about When Michael Met Mina:

      Humour, poignancy, foreboding, joy.

      Just a few relevant words that come to mind to describe this book.

      I could also add complex, but I wouldn't want to give the wrong impression that it's a difficult, confusing reading experience. The complexity relates to the issues explored, where face-value judgements are never helpful and people don't always live up to stereotypes.

      It is highly entertaining but is much more than mere entertainment; hopefully testing the reader's preconceptions and biases.

      There is a tiny hint of Romeo and Juliet in the story of Michael and Mina. They come from opposite sides of a political/racial divide. One is an Afghan refugee, a "boat person"; the other is the son of politically active parents who established the Aussie Values party devoted to "stopping the boats" and keeping Australia free of the taint of multiculturalism.

      Michael first sees Mina on the opposing side during a confrontation between "Aussie Values" and an anti-racist group at a protest gathering. The kind of protest that is becoming increasingly familiar on Australian news programs. There's no way he can realise how that brief glimpse of a Muslim girl will change his life.

      Chapters alternate between the viewpoints of the title characters, starting with Michael, then moving on to Mina. Each chapter helps build up their stories to show us what has shaped their lives and current situations, and also how their developing relationship brings change.

      I found the book very relevant in an Australia obsessed with "border control" where election results can be turned upon glib, three word slogans of exclusion. It has relevance when fear and racism can win votes.

      It was one of those un-put-downable novels that was a pleasure to read

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      ISBN: 9781743534977
      ISBN-10: 1743534973
      Audience: General
      For Ages: 14+ years old
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 360
      Published: 28th June 2016
      Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
      Country of Publication: AU
      Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.8  x 2.4
      Weight (kg): 0.25