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.’
‘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!
‘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
‘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