Randa Abdel-Fattah

Andrew Daddo

Randa Abdel-Fattah is an internationally published award-winning author of eight novels. Her novels include  Does My Head Look Big in This?,Ten Things I Hate About MeWhere The Streets Had A Name and  Noah’s Law. Her children’s novels are  Buzz OffThe Friendship Matchmaker and The Friendship Matchmaker Goes Undercover). In 2012 Randa published her first adult novel,  No Sex In The City, a fun twist on traditional chick-lit.

Randa’s most recent work is titled When Michael Met Mina. This novel looks at the perspective of mother and daughter refugees who have fled Afghanistan and goes into political aspects such as the ‘stop the boats’ campaign. This story also looks at what it means to take on the values of another country and the many challenges they face.

Randa’s books have received much acclaim.

Does My Head Look Big In This?

  • Australian  Book Industry Awards Best Book for Young Adults in 2005
  • Children’s  Book Council Notable Book 2005
  • New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age
  • One  of Kirkus’s Best Books for Young Adults (USA)

Ten Things I Hate About Me

  • Winner Kathleen Mitchell Award, a biennial literary award that acknowledges excellence in writers under 30.
  • Shortlisted for the Redbridge Children’s Awards (UK)
  • Selected by a joint committee of America’s Children’s Book Council and the National Council for the Social Studies, as a CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade      Book for Young People 2010.
  • Children’s  Book Council Notable Book 2006

Where the streets had a Name

  • Included  in America’s YALSA’s 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults
  • Winner Middle East Outreach Council (MEOC) young adult book of the year 2011      (USA)
  • Short-listed for the 2010 Adelaide Literature Festival Awards.
  • Winner 2009 Golden Inkys award, Australia’s only teen choice book awards.
  • Children’s Book Council Notable Book 2008

Noah’s Law

  • Highly  Commended — Sister in Crime Davitt Awards 2011
  • Children’s  Book Council Notable Book 2011

A passionate human rights activist, Randa is frequently sought for comment by the media and has appeared on television programs such as the ABC’s Q & A, the ABC’s First Tuesday Book Club, SBS’s Insight and Channel Seven’s Sunrise.

Randa is a regular speaker at schools and writer’s festivals in Australia and overseas. She uses her writing, talks and workshops to address issues of bullying, identity, race politics, prejudice and human rights.

Randa lives in Sydney with her husband and their two children. She worked as a litigation lawyer for almost ten years but recently stopped. She is now undertaking a PhD exploring everyday multiculturalism and racism in Australia.