The Book That Made Me: James Mayhew 17/07/19
She Wore Red Trainers
Publisher: Kube Publishing
When teenage Ali first notices girls, his Dad advises him to fast, work out and keep his distance. Ali's mother has died and the family is moving to south London so his Dad can find work. One day Ali sees Amirah, and although she's wearing a hijab, he notices her lovely face, defiant chin and her red trainers, just like his.
Amirah's life is not easy either. Her mum is on husband number six, and her brother is determined to arrange her marriage. Amirah's dreams of becoming an art therapist do not feature in Zayd's plans. Nor does romance with their new neighbour Ali.
An intriguing teenage romance, told from the perspectives of a Muslim boy and girl.