Ten Things I Hate about Me by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Ten Things I Hate about Me
304 pages; Orchard Books/Scholastic
Lebanese-Australian Jamilah so wants to fit into her school and avoid being labeled as an outsider that she attempts to hide her heritage by calling herself Jamie, dyeing her hair blond, and wearing blue-tinted contact lenses. As the tension between her school persona and her Muslim and Lebanese home life mounts, she begins to realize that she sees herself as a stereotype and decides to just be her true self.