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Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 2016 When Michael Met Mina
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'A boy. A girl. Two families. One great divide.

When Michael meets Mina, they are at a rally for refugees - standing on opposite sides. Mina fled Afghanistan with her mother via a refugee camp, a leaky boat and a detention centre. Michael's parents have founded a new political party called Aussie Values. They want to stop the boats. Mina wants to stop the hate. When Mina wins a scholarship to Michael's private school, their lives crash together blindingly. A novel for anyone who wants to fight for love, and against injustice' (Pan Macmillan).

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  • A short review for this work appeared in the New York Times Book Review : August 7, 2017 pC1

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Scholastic Press ,
      2017 .
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      This image has been sourced from Booktopia
      Alternative title: The Lines We Cross
      Extent: 400pp.
      Note/s:
      • Published May 9, 2017
      ISBN: 9781338118667
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Scholastic Press ,
      2017 .
      image of person or book cover 8824819368571629373.jpg
      This image has been sourced from Booktopia
      Alternative title: The Lines We Cross
      Extent: 389p.
      ISBN: 9781407173474

Works about this Work

Randa Abdel-Fattah Discusses When Michael Met Mina Sarah Farquharson , 2018 single work interview
— Appears in: The Stella Interviews 2018;

'Stella Schools Ambassador Randa Abdel-Fattah’s new YA novel, When Michael Met Mina, delves into the charged politics of refugee policy in Australia at a time when the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers is a burning topic of public debate. When Michael Met Mina tells two parallel stories: in one, a young refugee and her family are catapulted into a world where casual racism is the norm; in the other, a young man slowly comes to realise that he has grown up following his parents’ beliefs without questioning their underlying logic.

'When she was young, Mina and her family came to Australia by boat, as refugees from Afghanistan. After settling in the Western Sydney suburb of Auburn, the family suddenly has to move to the affluent North Shore when Mina receives a scholarship to an elite private school. Once there, she comes into contact with Michael, who she has met before – on the opposing side of a refugee rally. Michael’s parents have founded a new political party called ‘Aussie Values’, and Michael has quietly absorbed his parents’ anti-immigration stance. Michael’s and Mina’s attraction to each other causes both to ask questions about what they really stand for.

'When Michael Met Mina is a love story, but its sharply observed politics and compelling characters make for a far more complex tale than familiar boy-meets-girl storylines. Abdel-Fattah also teases out the complexities of family life, and of friendships old and new, delivering an intricate depiction of both characters and politics that resonates with the current state of affairs in Australia.

'Randa chatted with Stella Schools Program intern Sarah Farquharson about her doctoral research into Islamophobia, how her job as a writer is to make her characters uncomfortable, and why she hopes that young readers will learn to recognise and challenge the everyday, systemic racism all around us.' (Introduction)

Verushka’s Best of 2016 Verushka Byrow , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time , December 2016;

— Review of When Michael Met Mina Randa Abdel-Fattah , 2016 single work novel ; Squishy Taylor and the Tunnel of Doom Ailsa Wild , 2016 single work children's fiction
Review : When Michael Met Mina Marita Thomson , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time , September 2016;

— Review of When Michael Met Mina Randa Abdel-Fattah , 2016 single work novel
Review : When Michael Met Mina Marita Thomson , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time , September 2016;

— Review of When Michael Met Mina Randa Abdel-Fattah , 2016 single work novel
Verushka’s Best of 2016 Verushka Byrow , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time , December 2016;

— Review of When Michael Met Mina Randa Abdel-Fattah , 2016 single work novel ; Squishy Taylor and the Tunnel of Doom Ailsa Wild , 2016 single work children's fiction
Randa Abdel-Fattah Discusses When Michael Met Mina Sarah Farquharson , 2018 single work interview
— Appears in: The Stella Interviews 2018;

'Stella Schools Ambassador Randa Abdel-Fattah’s new YA novel, When Michael Met Mina, delves into the charged politics of refugee policy in Australia at a time when the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers is a burning topic of public debate. When Michael Met Mina tells two parallel stories: in one, a young refugee and her family are catapulted into a world where casual racism is the norm; in the other, a young man slowly comes to realise that he has grown up following his parents’ beliefs without questioning their underlying logic.

'When she was young, Mina and her family came to Australia by boat, as refugees from Afghanistan. After settling in the Western Sydney suburb of Auburn, the family suddenly has to move to the affluent North Shore when Mina receives a scholarship to an elite private school. Once there, she comes into contact with Michael, who she has met before – on the opposing side of a refugee rally. Michael’s parents have founded a new political party called ‘Aussie Values’, and Michael has quietly absorbed his parents’ anti-immigration stance. Michael’s and Mina’s attraction to each other causes both to ask questions about what they really stand for.

'When Michael Met Mina is a love story, but its sharply observed politics and compelling characters make for a far more complex tale than familiar boy-meets-girl storylines. Abdel-Fattah also teases out the complexities of family life, and of friendships old and new, delivering an intricate depiction of both characters and politics that resonates with the current state of affairs in Australia.

'Randa chatted with Stella Schools Program intern Sarah Farquharson about her doctoral research into Islamophobia, how her job as a writer is to make her characters uncomfortable, and why she hopes that young readers will learn to recognise and challenge the everyday, systemic racism all around us.' (Introduction)

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