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Fatimah is a devout Muslim. Steve has never given much thought to matters of faith. The two of them happen to be walking down the same street when a terrorist bomb explodes. Steve is badly injured, and when the emergency services arrive they find Fatimah cradling his head in her lap, talking to him, willing him to stay alive. But the media is there too, and the next day their picture appears in every newspaper. Romeo and Juliet!” and Love Across the Divide!” scream the headlines. Then the threats and anonymous phone calls start. Can the two young people rise above the hatred and learn to understand one another? And what about the terrorists, who surely aren't doing nothing as Steve and Fatimah try to break down barriers? Author Rosemary Hayes researched Islam's background and Muslim attitudes with a group of devout Muslim teenage girls in Cambridge, England, to give this story a sense of authenticity and reality missing from so much of the discourse on this heated topic.
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Rosemary Hayes lives and works in Cambridgeshire. She has written numerous books for children including historical and contemporary fiction and fantasy - many of which have been shortlisted for awards. She is also a reader for an authors' advisory service and enjoys helping unpublished writers to hone their skills. Rosemary lived in Australia for six years, and her first children's novel Race Against Time, set in Australia, was runner-up for the Kathleen Fidler Award. Rosemary's first Frances Lincoln book, Mixing It, about the relationship between a Muslim girl and a non Muslim boy against a background of terrorism, was shortlisted for the South Lanarkshire Book Award. Her next book, Payback, is based on the actual experiences of a young Muslim woman who was brave enough to defy her family and reject the husband chosen for her.From Booklist:
Since coming to Britain, 16-year-old Fatimah and her Muslim family have attempted to adapt to their new social circumstances. But when the girl rescues a schoolmate, Steve, from the terrorist bombing of a neighborhood church, she unwittingly puts herself and her family in harm’s way. The media, looking for a story, attempt to link the two teenagers romantically, and because such a relationship between a Muslim and non-Muslim is strictly forbidden, both Fatimah and Steve begin receiving threatening letters and phone calls. In the meantime, the vicar of the bombed church and the local imam struggle to establish a community dialogue involving both families. Although smoothly written and not without suspense, Hayes’ story of assimilation and accommodation is highly didactic and driven more by issues than art. Nevertheless, it offers an accessible introduction to matters that are complex, timely, and increasingly relevant in the U.S., as well as in England. Grades 7-12. --Michael Cart
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