Hazel Edwards



“Creativity is the fun of putting
together unexpected ideas”

Hijabi Girl 

Hijabi Girl cover   

ISBN: 978-0-9943583-5-6

eISBN 978-0-9943583-6-3

Authors:Hazel Edwards & Ozge Alkan 

Illustrator: Serena Geddes 

Publisher: Bookpod:

e- : AlchemyAmazon (Kindle), Itunes,  Kobe  

p- Amazon, & Book Depository.

Library suppliers  DLS Australia

Individual or school sales online   Bookpod


Hijabi Girl Puppet Cast

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

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What is the story about?

* 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. 

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NEWSFLASH!   Larrikin Puppet Musical WILL happen, Post-Pandemic!

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

And 'Hijabi Girl Plays Footy Too' ,  Book 2 in progress. 

Aussie Rules Footy Puppet for 'Hijabi Girl'

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.

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Reviews

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...'

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

Watsonia Heightscrea painting 'Hijabi Girl' backdrop for premiere.

Watsonia Heights crew painting 'Hijabi Girl' backdrop for premiere.

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In the beginning...Co-Authors

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.

Ozge suggested they co-wrote. So they did.

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Launch

At Craigieburn Library April 20th, ALL books were sold and autographed.

'Hijabi Girl' co-author and fans at Craigieburn Library (Star Weekly)

'Hijabi Girl' co-author Ozge and fans at Craigieburn Library.(Star Weekly)

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Co-Authors at Immigration Museum

Co-authors researching at the Immigration Museum

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Teachers' Resources

sampling.pdf Free 'tasting' chapter

Resources.pdf

'...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.

'Hijabi Girl' Co-creators, Hazel,Ozge & Serena

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

( Photo courtesy of Hume City Council)

Curriculum relevance:  

  • 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 recording 'Hijabi Girl' at Vision Australia Studio

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Contrasting Study:

* 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.

Misfit cover

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' Hijabi Girl 'Co-Authors:

Researching at Street Iftar & Illustrator Serena Geddes.

Co-authors of Hijabi Girl Serena Geddes Illustrator

Illustrator Serena Geddes is best known for illustrating the Lulu Bell series and earlier worked for Disney Australia..

Features 

Australian Society of Authors  Collaboration across cultures.

Hume City Council hijabi_girl.jpeg Imagine,Explore,Discuss

International Librarians Network 'Hijabi Girl', the Librarian & the Author

Queensland Writers' Centre: The-two-of-us-diversity-collaboration-in-co-writing-hijabi-girl_.pdf

Fun Youtube clip by Canadian puppets in support of 'Hijabi Girl' project news.

MEDIA RELEASE Puppetry_Challenge_To_Fight_Fear_of_Them_With_Kindness.pdf

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Events & Appearances 2020

1st Fri each month   PROV 10-1pm  Masterclass: Complete Your Book in a Year.

2020 ( booking & info here)  

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2020  *ALL POSTPONED DUE TO PANDEMIC

AUGUST

August 7th PROV 'Complete Your Book in a Year' 

Book Week: Larrikin Puppets Musical of 'Hijabi Girl: Brisbane

25th Tues(Malvern) and 28th Fri (Point Cook)POSTPONED

SEPTEMBER

Sept 4th PROV 'Complete Your Book in a Year' 

OCTOBER

Oct 2nd  PROV 'Complete Your Book in a Year'

NOVEMBER

Nov 6th  PROV  'Complete Your Book in a Year'

DECEMBER

Dec 4th PROV Mini Book launch


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