Huda and Me
H. Hayek
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781760526023
Awards Year: 2022
Category: Book of the Year: Younger Readers


Huda's sitting in the airport lounge, fiddling with our tickets. I can tell she's excited because she has a little smile on her face and she keeps glancing at her pink digital watch. I can't believe we're doing this. I can't believe we're running away from home. Well, we're not really running away. We'll come back. We're running to our parents. On the other side of the world.

When their parents have to travel to Beirut unexpectedly, twelve-year-old Akeal and his six siblings are horrified to be left behind in Melbourne with the dreaded Aunt Amel as their babysitter. Things do not go well, and Akeal's naughty little sister, Huda, hatches a bold plan to escape. After stealing Aunt Amel's credit card to buy plane tickets to Lebanon, Huda persuades her reluctant favourite brother to come with her. So begins Huda and Akeal's hair-raising and action-packed journey to reunite with their parents half a world away, in a city they've grown up dreaming about but have never seen.

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The CBCA judges say...

Offering a fresh perspective of Australian life with two children from a Lebanese-Australian family running away from home, the author uses an accessible and lighthearted style even when dealing with complex topics such as racism and cultural identity. Huda and Akael were a delight to read and their family's bond was portrayed realistically: at times humorous and other times duty-bound. The alternating chapters depicting their adventures create an engaging and fast-paced tale of family, mischief and adventure perfect for this age group where problems are best faced together.

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