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Fight Back
Written by:
A.M. Dassu 
Read by:
Nikki Patel 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
9 hours 11 minutes 
April 01 2023 
Available Date:
April 01 2023 
Age Category:
Children (10+) 
Fiction; Adventure; Children; Children's Fiction 
Bolinda audio 
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Award winning author
UK Author

Shortlisted Little Rebels Award 2023
Shortlisted The Week Junior Book Award / Children's Book of the Year 2023

An empowering story about finding your identity and having the courage to fight for it.

Aaliyah is an ordinary 13-year-old living in the Midlands – she's into books, shoes, K-pop, and she is a Muslim. She has always felt at home where she lives ... until a terrorist attack in her area changes everything. As racial tensions increase and she starts getting bullied, Aaliyah decides to begin wearing a hijab to challenge how people in her community see her. But when her school bans the hijab, and she is intimidated and attacked for her choices, she feels isolated. Soon Aaliyah realises that other young people from different backgrounds also struggle with their identity and feel alone, scared and judged. Should she try to blend in – or can she find allies to help her fight back? Channelling all of her bravery, Aaliyah decides to speak out. Together, can Aaliyah and her friends halt the tide of hatred rippling through their community?

'Unflinchingly honest, heartbreaking, powerful, important and hopeful.'
Sophie Wills, author of The Orphans of St Halibuts

'This book – with its celebration of girl power, a main character who forces readers to question religious stereotypes, and a timely message about the importance of coming together as a community to Fight Back against prejudice – deserves a place on every library shelf.'
Padma Venkatraman, Walter Award Winning Author of The Bridge Home

'This fearless, compelling story of trauma, solidarity and testing which rules are made to be broken is perfect for fans of Patrice Lawrence and Muhammad Khan.'
The Guardian

'A major, much needed voice in UK children's fiction.'
Alex Wheatle, author of Cane Warriors

'One of the best, most relevant, most important writers we have in the UK today.'
Liz Kessler, author of When the World was Ours

'A.M. Dassu is a fearless writer tackling themes of racism in the lives of contemporary teens.'
Liz Flanagan

'Tense, terrifying, transformative. The power of this book punched me right in the chest. Read it, share it, shout about it. The world needs this book.'
Kathryn Evans, author of More of Me

'A. M. Dassu serves up an important, necessary book about racism and identity.'
Nizrana Farook, author of The Girl Who Stole an Elephant