Jamie wants to be the real thing. From the roots of her dyed blonde hair...
are a lot of things Jamie hates about her life: her dark hair, her
dad's Stone Age Charter of Curfew Rights, her real name – Jamilah
For the past three years Jamie has hidden her Lebanese
background from everyone at school. It's only with her email friend John
that she can really be herself. But now things are getting complicated:
the most popular boy in school is interested in her, but there's no way
he would be if he knew the truth. Then there's Timothy, the school
loner, who for some reason Jamie just can't stop thinking about. As for
John, he seems to have a pretty big secret of his own...
To top it
all off, Jamie's school formal is coming up. The only way she'll be
allowed to attend is by revealing her true identity. Will she risk it
all? And does she know who she is... Jamie or Jamilah?
- Winner of the Kathleen Mitchell Award, an Australian biennial literary award that acknowledges excellence in writers under 30 (May 2008).
- Shortlisted for the Australian Industry Book Award for Best Australian Book for Young Adult Readers (2007).
- Short listed for the Redbridge Book Award 2008, London.
- Short-listed for the West Australian Young Reader's Book Award (2007)
- Short-listed as a notable young adult book by the Children’s Book Council.
- 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.