Hijabi Girl

* Feisty girl in a hijab.

* Respect for other cultures and overcoming FEAR of the unknown.

* Creative problem solving.

* De-mystifying ‘labels’.

* Making friends even when different.

* Skills and confidence via sport.

8 year old Melek always finds answers. Some are under her super hijab.

For others she needs the help of newcomer Tien who draws fantastic worlds as an escape, dress-ups-guru Lily or even soccer-mad Zac who NEVER agrees with her. Melek wants to start her own Aussie Rules girls’ football team.

Unable to find a book character in a hijab for the Book Parade, Melek writes her own, with illustrations by awesome Tien.

Their classroom has Fab Science projects,a Rainbow Reading Chair and a Corridor of Characters. Plus Zac’s Reading Rat.

Melek solves all problems, even rescuing Zac in the pool. And luckily her fashionista mother designs club colour-coded hijabs for footy fans.

ISBN – Hijabi Girl – Making Friends – 9781921772719  BUY HERE
ISBN – Hijabi Girl – What It Takes – 9781921772795 BUY HERE
Author: Hazel Edwards & Ozge Alkan
Publisher: Ali-Gator Publishing

Awards: Larrikin Puppeteers WON Best Kids’ Show 2021
Album: My Australian Dream’.
Spotify on:  iTunes

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Co-writer Ozge Alkan, illustrator Serena Geddes and versatile Larrrikin puppeteers.

Larrikin‘Hijabi Girl’ puppets; Photo credit: The Puppet Creation Lab & Puppet Tribe. 

SCBWI Aust & NZ feature ‘Hijabi Girl’ as a 2021-2 success story of illustrator member Serena Geddes.

Details https://www.larrikinpuppets.com.au/hijabi-girl-a-musical-puppet-show/

 ‘Hijabi Girl  series ‘ published by Ali-gator Publishing 

Larrikin Puppets’ ‘Aussie Rules’ Footy Puppet for the fictional ‘GoAnnas’ team in ‘Hijabi Girl’

Meanwhile enjoy ‘Dance Like a Unicorn’ with Larrikin Puppets.

And below, meet the ‘Hijabi Girl’ puppets.

‘Miss ‘ the Teacher from Larrikin Puppets‘ Hijabi Girl the Musical’. Designed by USA theatre concept artist Margie Salvatore & built by Brisbane puppet builder Deb Bowen Saunders of HOOZATT performed by Elissa Jenkins of Larrikin Puppets.

  • World premiere of ‘Hijabi Girl’ classroom script performed at Watsonia Heights Primary.

Watsonia Heights crew painting ‘Hijabi Girl’ backdrop for premiere.

Ozge Alkan is a qualified children’s librarian.This is her first book.

When Hazel spoke at a literary event ,Ozge requested a ‘fun’ story of a girl in a hijab,

for Book Week Parades.

Aware of the cultural challenges, Hazel suggested Ozge wrote it. But eventually they co-wrote.

sampling.pdf Free ‘tasting’ chapter


‘…best teachers’ resources I’ve seen for this age group…’  Susanne Gervay OAM

Performance Script Hijabi Girl.pdf   Useful in Book Week & for Character Parades.

Co-authors of ‘Hijabi Girl’ Hazel Edwards, Ozge Alkan & illustrator Serena Geddes.

( Photo courtesy of Hume City Council)

  • Diversity
  • Identity
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Creative problem-solving
  • Key Learning Areas:   English. Art. Sport
  • Creative & Critical thinking
  • History Unit: Celebrations

Why Study This Book?

  • Diversity in food, clothing, communities and cultures
  • Anti-bullying strategies
  • Problem-solving
  • Helping others
  • Positive depictions of families, friends and other cultures.

Many schools hold Book Parades. Read prior to your Book Week Parade and dress up as characters from ‘Hijabi Girl’. Then fiction becomes real.

Hazel recording ‘Hijabi Girl’ at Vision Australia Studio

* Hazel’s earlier chapter book ‘Misfit’ about being different in a religious school makes a contrasting study. Crystal, a girl who isn’t Jewish in a Jewish school, contrasts with Melek, our hijabi girl who is in a mainstream school. Crystal’s sport is hockey.

‘What’s an ordinary girl doing in a time-warped place where boys wear black lids to keep their brains in?  Crystal doesn’t know how she is going to handle it,but it isn’t the first time her parents have sent her to an unusual school. She’s been to a Catholic school, Micheal’s Experimental ,ordinary Fernhill State and to a hippie school. But in this school, all the kids are Jewish.She has to learn to decipher writing that looks like fly -dots and find a way to talk to a whole new set of kids.’

* If you look through a ‘crystal’ there are many facets.

Now available as Kindle e-book here.

Illustrator Serena Geddes.

Illustrator Serena Geddes is best known for illustrating the Lulu Bell series and earlier worked for Disney Australia. Currently working on her own graphic novels.

Magpies  ‘What It Takes’ reviewed by Brenton Cullen.’A definite pick for junior fiction read of the year.’

Good Reads   5 stars average.

muslimreads review.pdf  ‘Melek is such a refreshing Muslim girl character,she is both bold and kind.’

Buzz Words    review by Anastasia Gonis.pdf ‘…excellent cultural resource…

kidsbook review .pdf…  by Coral Vass   …a refreshing look at diverse mix of cultures.

Good Reads  ‘…    More kids books like this please.pdf   George Ivanoff

Good Reads. ‘.  ‘ All the differences make no difference’.pdf..’ Joanna’s review.

Re-Vu.pdf  5 stars ‘talks of friendship among cultures, where difference is embraced not rejected…’

Dr Virginia Lowe   ‘This is a significant book’ .pdf

Reading Time.pdf (The Children’s Book Council of Aust) …gives hijab-wearing students a go-to

costume for Book Week.

ReadPlus …’a fabulous resource for classes to learn about social inclusion,celebrate diversity &

to explore our multicultural society.'(Rhyllis Bignell)

Boomerang Books.pdf  (Geo Ivanoff reviewer) ‘… more kids’ books like this please…’

READFORFUN.Hijabi Girl review.pdf ‘…A wonderful snapshot of life in a modern Australian school…’

OAM Association Talk:
May 11th “Not Just a Piece of Cake: Being an Author” Will be on You Tube soon.

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Student Resources:
Crafting an assignment on Hazel Edwards? Get tips for school projects, and her uniquely answered questions.

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