The Lines We Cross
Abdel-Fattah (Ten Things I Hate About Me, 2009) delivers a timely romance about the power of choosing tolerance. Ten years ago Mina came to Australia by boat as a Muslim refugee escaping turmoil in her native Afghanistan. Now a teen, she faces a cold reception at the prestigious prep school where she has a scholarship. Her classmate, Michael, is the obedient son of parents who founded Aussie Values, a nationalist group which is trying to halt the flood of refugees from the Middle East. He never questioned his Islamophobic beliefs until he met the beautiful, smart, hardworking Mina and lost his heart. As tensions rise, Michael and Mina must come to terms with their family's concerns and decide where they stand in the face of ugly anti-Muslim politics.