Listen, Layla by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Layla has ended the school year on a high and can’t wait to spend the holidays hanging out with her friends and designing a prize-winning Grand Designs Tourismo invention. But Layla’s plans are interrupted when her grandmother in Sudan falls ill and the family rush to be with her.
The last time Layla went to Sudan she was only a young child. Now she feels torn between her Sudanese and Australian identities. As political tensions in Sudan erupt, so too do tensions between Layla and her family. Layla is determined not to lose her place in the invention team, but will she go against her parents’ wishes? What would a Kandaka do?
Trigger & Content Warnings:
- Sexism discussed
- Grandmother hospitalised due to a stroke
- Cousin hospitalised for gunshot wounds to the shoulder & leg
- Death of a friend mentioned
- Gun violence
- Riots, on-page