Rania The Book Of You by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Published by Omnibus Books
Rania loves the colour purple. It seems to be present at every important event in her life, like the day that her friends Deyana and Jodie, find “The Book Of You.” Inside the cover is the inscription, Betsy Galt, 1850-1854 but the pages are blank.
When the girls open the book all together, they discover a cryptic message from Betsy, and Rania is right at the centre of it.
Confused by the message, Rania continues on with her usual life, which involves creating art with her mum, and running for class president.
So when her cousin Andrea arrives and takes up residence as the class brainac as well as running for president, Rania begins to understand the meaning of the cryptic messages.
What results is an almost war with her cousin, as Andrea seems to step in wherever Rania left off, taking charge. Andrea’s presence has also made an old wound for Rania surface. The fact that she never met her father, because he died before she was born.
Forced to do some serious soul searching when the election doesn’t go her way, Rania learns to move past her bitterness and jealousy and the girls find that blood is truly thicker than water.
This was a sweet read which I think girls aged 8-12 will enjoy. The themes of jealousy and envy were touched on really delicately and the cryptic messages in rhyme were a great addition to the storyline, adding that paranormal element. The mystery of Betsy remains unsolved, but I suspect that may leave an opening for further books.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Randa Abdel-Fattah
Title: Rania The Book Of You by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Published: February 2014