Listen, Layla by Jassmin Abdel-Magied

Gr. 7-10 In this sequel to You Must Be Layla (2019), smart but headstrong Layla looks forward to working on a prize-winning invention for a major world competition with her school team over summer break. But her family is called suddenly to Khartoum, Sudan after Layla’s habooba (grandmother) is hospitalized. Thinking she can circumvent her situation by emailing her team from Khartoum without revealing where she is, Layla sneaks data access with the help of her cousin. When her father catches her on the phone with the team leader back in Brisbane, he grounds her. Meanwhile, as Layla’s antics cause family friction, a national revolution stirs political unrest around them. [Read the full review here]

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