Fight Back


by Dassu, A. M. | Children’s, young adult & educational
Published 02/06/2022 by Scholastic in the United Kingdom
Paperback | 400 pages

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An empowering story about finding your identity and the

courage to fight for it.

Aaliyah is an ordinary thirteen-year-old living in the Midlands

– she’s into her 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 peopLein 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?

An essential read to encourage empathy, challenging stereotypes,

exploring prejudice, racism, Islamophobia and

positive action.

A.M. Dassu is the award-winning author of the critically acclaimed Boy,


A story of hope, speaking up and the power of coming together

in the face of hatred. Perfect for readers of Elle McNicoll and

Helen Rutter

‘A major, much needed voice in UK children’s fiction.’

Alex Wheatle, author of Cane Warriors and Crongton Knights

‘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 serves up an important, necessary book about

racism and identity.’ Nizrana Farook, author of The Girl Who

Stole an Elephant

‘Unflinchingly honest, heartbreaking, powerful, important

and hopeful.’ Sophie Wills, author of The Orphans of St Halibuts

‘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 is a fearless writer tackling themes of racism

in the lives of contemporary teens.’ Liz Flanagan, award-winning