Hello everyone! We are on the home stretch guys, it’s November! Good luck to everyone doing end of year exams at the moment. This has been a year like no other and exams after the interrupted schooling are stressful, but we know you guys will Rock It! A big shout out to all the teachers supporting everyone through this tough year too.
Our book choice for November #LoveOZYAbookclub is THE F TEAM by Rawah Arja.
Meet Tariq Nader, leader of ‘The Wolf Pack’ at Punchbowl High, who has been commanded by the new principal to join a football competition with his mates in order to rehabilitate the public image of their school. When the team is formed, Tariq learns there’s a major catch – half of the team is made up of white boys from Cronulla, aka enemy territory – and he must compete with their strongest player for captaincy of the team.
At school Tariq thinks he has life all figured out until he falls for a new girl called Jamila, who challenges everything he thought he knew. At home, his outspoken ways have brought him into conflict with his family. Now, with complications on all fronts, he has to dig deep to control his anger, and find what it takes to be a leader.
In confronting and often hilarious situations, Tariq’s relationships with his extended Lebanese family and his friends are tested like never before, and he comes to learn that his choices can have serious consequences
Rawah Arja’s work has featured in the Arab-Australian-Other Anthology by Picador and the Sydney Design Festival. Rawah is a Youth Mentor, teaching creative writing at various schools and facilitating after school writing workshops with WestWords. THE F TEAM is her debut novel.
To order your own copy of THE F TEAM you can use the code ‘loveoz’ at Boomerang Books to get free shipping. And feel free to join us in discussions about this and other books on our Facebook group page.
I hope you enjoy this read for November. Look out for our author interview with Rawah Arja coming later in the month.