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The Lines We Cross

by Randa Abdel-Fattah

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The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah
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  • Published in USA  May 2017
    400 pages
    Genre: Novels

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A story about the power of choosing tolerance. Michael is OK with his family's anti-immigrant stance until he gets to know an Afghan refugee classmate...

Michael likes to hang out with his friends and play with the latest graphic design software. His parents drag him to rallies held by their anti-immigrant group, which rails against the tide of refugees flooding the country. And it all makes sense to Michael.

Until Mina, a beautiful girl from the other side of the protest lines, shows up at his school, and turns out to be funny, smart - and a Muslim refugee from Afghanistan. Suddenly, his parents' politics seem much more complicated.

Mina has had a long and dangerous journey fleeing her besieged home in Afghanistan, and now faces a frigid reception at her new prep school, where she is on scholarship. As tensions rise, lines are drawn. Michael has to decide where he stands. Mina has to protect herself and her family. Both have to choose what they want their world to look like.

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"Starred Review. A meditation on a timely subject that never forgets to put its characters and their stories first." - Kirkus

"Starred Review. Though the setting is Australia, readers will find direct parallels to current situations in the U.S., and given the fallout of the 2016 election, this book could not be more necessary. Deserving of wide readership and discussion. Grades 9-12." - Booklist

"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." - Library Journal

"Abdel-Fattah (Where the Streets Had a Name) delivers an engaging romance within a compelling exploration of the sharply opposing beliefs that tear people apart, and how those beliefs can be transformed through human relationships." - Publishers Weekly

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An Outstanding book
I think that this book is encouraging and helps you think about things straight. For example one of the main characters Michael, had to choose between his father and his strong emotions. And the other main character Mina had to choose the same as Michael. Overall a very interesting book (except the swearing.)

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Randa Abdel-Fattah

Randa Abdel-Fattah is an award-winning author, former attorney, and an expert on Islamaphobia in Australia. She is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Does My Head Look Big In This? and Ten Things I Hate About Me, as well as the middle-grade novel Where the Streets Had a Name. Ms. Abdel-Fattah lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and their children.

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