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Parents' Guide to

Does My Head Look Big in This?

By Stephanie Dunnewind, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Muslim teen grows up, sees prejudice Down Under.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

I read this in middle school I recommend it.

This book helps students acknowledge the struggles that other people face. There is a need for kids to recognize that all children aren't always in control of their origins, but there isn't any excuse to discriminate because of it.
age 14+

A unique POV

As a Muslim mom, who grew up in the west, much of the story is spot-on with what I've experienced. It's interesting to see how the main character walks a fine line in order to stay true to her beliefs. At the same time, the book is funny and not preachy. The author has given voice to a female character (a strong girl who is a practicing Muslim) the likes of whom we have seen very little of in English literature. Bravo!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (11 ):

Abdel-Fattah, who describes herself as "an Australian-born-Muslim-Palestinian-Egyptian-chocoholic," gives voice to girls underrepresented in literature and the popular media. Readers will learn more about Islam's religious practices and beliefs, but to the extent that some dialog exchanges seem awkwardly set up in a question-and-answer format. Amal's behavior is full of contradictions as she learns that wearing the hijab is symbolic; She eventually realizes she must also change what's inside to truly reflect her religious values.

Western feminists may struggle with Amal's assertion that wearing the hijab is "liberation" from body-image issues. Readers of different faiths will admire her determination to be true to her beliefs and identify with her strong friendship bonds. Overall, it gives teens of every faith and background a great chance to see another perspective and discuss prejudice and identity.

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