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Ghady & Rawan

Ghady & Rawan

A novel for adolescents told through the correspondence between two Lebanese teens—one in Belgium, one in Lebanon—by the award-winning author Fatima Sharafeddine and Samar Mahfouz Barraj.

Series: CMES Emerging Voices from the Middle East

Sales restrictions: For sale only in the United States and its territories and dependencies (including the Philippines)
August 2019
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134 pages | 5.5 x 8.5 |

Ghady and Rawan is a heartfelt and timely novel by the award-winning author Fatima Sharafeddine (The Servant, Cappuccino) and Samar Mahfouz Barraj. The novel follows the close-knit friendship of two Lebanese teenagers, Ghady, who lives with his family in Belgium, and Rawan, who lives in Lebanon. Ghady’s family travels every summer to Beirut, where Ghady gets to spend all his time with Rawan and their other friends, enjoying their freedom from school. During the rest of the year, he and Rawan keep in touch by email. Through this correspondence, we learn about the daily ups and downs of their lives in Brussels and Beirut, including Ghady’s homesickness and his struggles with racism at school, as well as Rawan’s changing relationship to her family. The novel offers a glimpse into the lives of Lebanese adolescents while exploring a range of topics relevant to young people everywhere: bullying, parental conflicts, racism, belonging and identity, and peer pressure. Through the connection between the two main characters, Sharafeddine and Mahfouz Barraj show how the love and support of a good friend can help you through difficulties as well as sweeten life’s triumphs and good times.

  • Goodbye, Summer
  • The Empty Balcony
  • Brussels
  • Getting ready
  • Encounters
  • Time Machine
  • No Title
  • The First Day
  • Ghadghud
  • Blurred Days
  • Thomas
  • A Difficult Day
  • Disillusioned
  • Strange Feelings
  • School Bullies
  • Campaign Prep
  • Behind the Gym
  • Strange Situation
  • Madness
  • The Phone Call
  • Unpleasant Surprise
  • Confusion and Worry
  • What Now?
  • Nothing Matters
  • Worst-case Scenario
  • Pink Shoes
  • To Seville
  • Escape
  • Even Matthias?
  • Chocolate
  • The Fight: 1
  • Again, the Mirror
  • The Fight: 2
  • The Secret of Change
  • Ghady’s Decision
  • A New Day
  • Unsafe at School
  • Mountain Home
  • In the House
  • Special Drawings
  • Hero
  • Secret Admirer
  • A Gift

Fatima Sharafeddine
Beirut, Lebanon and Brussels, Belgium

Sharafeddine is a writer, translator, and editor of children’s and young adult literature living in Beirut and Brussels. She has written and published over 120 books, many of which have been translated into various languages.

Samar Mahfouz Barraj
Beirut, Lebanon

Barraj is a prominent and award-winning Lebanese writer of children’s and young adult literature in Arabic who has published sixty-one books.


“A heartfelt and beautifully written page-turner.”
Kirkus, Starred Review

Ghady & Rawan explores the daily conflicts of adolescents in mature yet refreshing letters between the two characters. The perspective shifts every chapter, giving readers a very personal glimpse while showing just how different each character's experiences are. Through it all, Sharafeddine and Barraj do not depict life in one city as better than the other; rather, the novel focuses on human struggles that unite them both: fear, loss, and change.”
Al Jadid

“Contemporary, down to earth, enjoyable! Written for today's teenagers. Recommended as school reading, it cuts across a variety of topics that should be discussed openly in classrooms.”
Zeyna Al-Jabri, critic and bookseller (Buzoor)

“Few works of fiction for young people written in Arabic are available in English; Ghady & Rawan offers us a glimpse into young people growing up between Belgium and Lebanon. A touching, funny, and all too real story, this short novel should be read by young adults and not-so-young adults alike. The sensitive translation by Hussain and Lynx Qualey conveys the highs and lows of adolescence in a language accessible to a wide range of readers.”
Michelle Hartman, McGill University


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