The Friendship Matchmaker - Randa Abdel-Fattah

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Title: The Friendship Matchmaker

Author: Randa Abdel-Fattah

Publisher: Scholastic, Australia

Binding: Paperback 176 pages

Age: 10 to 13


Lara Zany is Potts Court Primary School's official Friendship Matchmaker. She is certain her Friendship Rules work. She can take the Loneliest Loser (LL) and help them make a best friend. Until Emily Wong shows up and breaks all the Rules. Now Emily has challenged Lara to a competition and Lara's Rules are about to be tested.

The Friendship Matchmaker follows the story of Lara Zany, Friendship Matchmaker. Lara spends all of her time helping other children at her school make and keep friends and is writing a manual all about it, but when a new girl comes to school, everything starts to unravel. As Lara embarks on a competition to find a best friend for the most ‘difficult’ client ever, she comes to see the true value and importance of friendship.

The Friendship Matchmaker addresses the serious issue of bullying in such a way that it would provide a great resource for schools and parents in approaching this issue with their children.

About the Author

Randa Abdel-Fattah is the award-winning author of young adult novels Does My Head Look Big in This?, Ten Things I Hate About Me and Where the Streets Had a Name. She is active in the interfaith community, a member of the Coalition for Peace and Justice in Palestine, and has her own identity hyphens to contend with (Australian-born-Muslim-Palestinian-Egyptian-choc-a-holic). Randa also works as a lawyer and lives in Sydney with her husband, Ibrahim, and their two children. Her books have received acclaim around the world.

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