Huda and Me (2021)
A cheeky, fun and fast-moving tale of two Lebanese–Australian kids who escape their horrible babysitter by running away … to the other side of the world.
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.
A warm, hilarious story of sibling love, adventure and courage, Huda and Me is one of a kind.
'A charming, delightful and original story that kept me smiling the whole way through. Hayek has created a cast of unique and memorable characters - from the precocious, funny, daring Huda, to the big-hearted, patient Akeal, to the intriguing Anut Amel.
What I love the most about this story is its mischief, its spirit of adventure and its irresistible invitation to young readers to embrace a story that is familiar at times, and wonderfully fresh and new at others.'
Randa Abdel-Fattah Australian Author
'Big adventure, big laughs and big heart. Huda and Me is exactly what #OzMG needs more of. Once minute you're laughing out loud and the next you're wiping away a cheeky tear.
Hayek delivers everything contemporary middle grade could hope for. Cheeky, hilarious, heartfelt and with an authenticity only #OwnVoices authors can offer, Huda and Me will have you on the edge of your aeroplane seat!'
Children's Author and Podcast Host
'Huda and Me is a fresh and tender tale that will leave an imprint on your heart. This book will make you chuckle, gasp and may leave you teary-eyed.
I'm sure readers will relate to Akeal's hilarious and loving family, led by the loud and proud Huda. I absolutely adore this book and can't wait for this fresh voice to be unleashed in the kid lit scene!'
Author, Comedian, Teacher, Gamer & Nerd!
'Sparkling with mischief, adventure and family love, Huda and Me is a gem of a story. Hayek writes with warmth, humour and a keen understanding of children's capacity for loyalty and courage.
A brilliant new talent in Australian children's literature.'
Author of Children's Fiction
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