You Must Be Layla (Paperback)
  • You Must Be Layla (Paperback)
zoom

You Must Be Layla (Paperback)

(author)
1 Review Sign in to write a review
£7.99
Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 06/02/2020
  • In stock

Available

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect

'If you want to invent something nobody has ever thought of before, you need to read the things that others don't read, look in the spaces other people are not in...'

Layla believes she was right to stand up for herself against a bully, but it's landed her a suspension - not the way she (or her parents) would have wished to begin her time at her fancy new school! This is just a setback though, and she's determined to prove that she does deserve her scholarship by making new friends and setting her sights on inventing something that could win the big robotics competition.

But where to begin?

You Must Be Layla introduces Sudanese-born author, broadcaster, social advocate and mechanical engineer Yassmin Abdel-Magied as an exciting new voice in children's writing.

Praise for You Must Be Layla:
'This warm, humorous account of a larger-than-life Sudanese girl navigating a posh Australian school is an engaging read' Guardian
'Fresh funny and empowering' BookTrust
'A one-of-a-kind bundle of comedy and compassion' LoveReading

Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's UK
ISBN: 9780241440490
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 213 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
This is a laugh out loud story about making friends, carving your way in the world and having the confidence to do things your way. Layla is a fabulous, plucky protagonist, and her inventive attitude to surmounting hurdles is inspiring. The book is also an introduction to thinking about some of the barriers people of colour can face, illustrated by Layla's older brother Ozzie who has been applying for jobs and not even getting interviews. It offers an insight into normal Muslim family life (the Australian setting will be effortlessly accessible to UK kids) together with a brilliant glossary of terms. This story is fresh and funny and is an empowering read - especially for girls and people of colour. A really great secondary school-age novel that everyone should read! * BookTrust *
...this warm, humorous account of a larger-than-life Sudanese girl navigating a posh Australian school is an engaging read for 12-plus. * The Guardian *
I adored Layla's openness, her aptitude for shrugging off set-backs, taking suggestions on board and embracing change. As the You Must Be Layla title suggests, she's a one-of-a-kind heroine, and this funny, thought-provoking novel - the first children's book from inspirational Sudanese-born broadcaster, social advocate and mechanical engineer Yassmin Abdel-Magied - is a one-of-a-kind bundle of comedy and compassion. * Lovereading4kids *
Yassmin Abdel-Magied's You Must Be Layla is a tonic, and a terrific debut for 11+. Its narrator is (like its author) a Sudanese girl who has won a scholarship to a posh Australian school. Bossy, smart and brave, she has to face the students who have it in for her as the only Muslim. Underneath its buoyant humour is a timely wisdom about finding friends in an alien culture. * New Statesman *
Sudanese-Australian activist Abdel-Magied's first novel is the sparkling tale of 13-year-old Layla, who moves to a new school, where she is the only pupil to wear a headscarf. * inews *

You may also be interested in...

Julia and the Shark
Added to basket
The Christmas Pig
Added to basket
£20.00   £10.00
Hardback
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (Book 1)
Added to basket
Tom Gates: Random Acts of Fun
Added to basket
£12.99   £10.99
Hardback
Gangsta Granny
Added to basket
£6.99
Paperback
The Butterfly Lion
Added to basket
Gangsta Granny Strikes Again
Added to basket
£14.99   £7.49
Hardback
October, October
Added to basket
£7.99   £6.99
Paperback
Stormbreaker
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Added to basket
Doctor Who Annual 2022
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Hardback
Murder Most Unladylike
Added to basket
Cat Kid Comic Club 2
Added to basket
£10.99   £8.99
Hardback

“You must be layla”

'You must be Layla' written by Yassmin Abdel-Magied. Well, the meaning behind it was so heartfelt. Muslim rights and empowering the Muslim culture and representing it in a way that kids that read it that... More

Paperback edition
Helpful? Upvote 5

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.