Yassmin Abdel-Magied

You Must Be Layla
  • You Must Be Layla

  • Layla's mind goes a million miles a minute, so does her mouth - unfortunately her better judgement can take a while to catch up! Even though she believes she was justified for standing up for herself, a suspension certainly isn't the way she would have wished to begin her time at her fancy new secondary school. Despite the setback, Layla's determined to prove that she does deserve her scholarship by setting her sights on winning the big robotics competition. But where to begin?

    You Must Be Layla is jam-packed with heart and humour, touching on the migrant experience whilst exploring thought-provoking themes relevant to all teens, and introducing Yassmin Abdel-Magied as a brilliant new voice in children's writing.

RELEASED 06/02/2020

Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a Sudanese-born Australian mechanical engineer, writer and social advocate. Yassmin worked on oil and gas rigs around Australia for almost half a decade before becoming a full-time writer and broadcaster. She published her debut memoir, Yassmin's Story, at age 24. After hosting the documentary, The Truth About Racism, she created Hijabistas for the ABC, a series looking at the modest fashion scene in Australia. Her writing has appeared in publications like Teen Vogue, London's Evening Standard, the Guardian and numerous anthologies. Yassmin has delivered keynotes in over 20 countries on unconscious bias and leadership. Her TED talk, What Does My Headscarf Mean to You?, was chosen as one of TED's top ten ideas of 2015. Yassmin is currently based in London.