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The Lines We Cross

By Randa Abdel-Fattah   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9781338282054 Paperback
400 Pages | 5.26" x 8.02" | Ages 12 & Up

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9781338118667 Hardcover
400 Pages | 5.86" x 8.53" | Ages 12 & Up

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9781338118674 Ebook
400 Pages | Ages 12 & Up

A remarkable story about the power of tolerance from one of the most important voices in contemporary Muslim literature, critically acclaimed author Randa Abdel-Fattah.

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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Praise for The Lines We Cross:

Kirkus Best Book for Young Adults 2017

* "[T]his book could not be more necessary. Deserving of wide readership and discussion." -- Booklist, starred review

* "A meditation on a timely subject that never forgets to put its characters and their stories first." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"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

"Abdel-Fattah . . . is a master at conveying themes of tolerance, working in humor, and weaving multiple emotionally complex points of view. 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." -- School Library Journal