SHORTLISTED: Rumaysa - by Radiya Hafiza
Rumaysa: A Fairy Tale
Written by Radiya Hafiza
Illustrated by Rhaida El Touny & Areeba Siddique
"Blending fairytales and cultures in a witty and playful story of strong-willed female protagonists, Hafiza crafts a world of magic and enchantment with immense skill" – Waterstones.com, Best Children's Books to Look Forward to in 2021
Step into a Once Upon a Time where anything is possible . . . Radiya Hafiza's enchanting and funny debut weaves together three stories, spinning the classic fairytale to show that anyone can be a hero.
'Rumaysa, Rumaysa, let down your hijab!'
For as long as she can remember Rumaysa has been locked away in her tall, tall tower, forced to use her magic to spin straw into gold for the evil Witch and unable to leave. Until one day, after dropping a hijab out of her small tower-window, Rumaysa realizes how she might be able to escape ...
Join Rumaysa as she adventures through enchanted forests and into dragon's lairs, discovers her own incredible magical powers and teams up with Cinderayla and Sleeping Sara