Lebanese-Australian Jamilah, known in school as Jamie, hides her heritage from her classmates and tries to pass by dyeing her hair blonde and wearing blue-tinted contact lenses, until her conflicted feelings become too much for her to bear.
Lara Zany is her middle school's official Friendship Matchmaker, but a new student, Emily Wong, has her own ideas on the subject and they vie to match two "hopeless cases" with their perfect best friend.
Lara Zany promised to stop being a friendship matchmaker but when Majur, a refugee from Sudan, transfers to her school and clashes with the school bully, Chris Martin, both boys need her special skills.
Thirteen-year-old Hayaat of Bethlehem faces check points, curfews, and the travel permit system designed to keep people on the West Bank when she attempts to go to her grandmother's ancestral home in Jerusalem with her best friend.
Year Eleven at an exclusive prep school in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, would be tough enough, but it's further complicated for Amal when she decides to wear the hijab, the Muslim head scarf, full-time as a badge of her faith--without losing her identity or sense of style.
Michael's parents are leaders of a new anti-immigrant political party called Aussie Values which is trying to halt the flood of refugees from the Middle East; Mina fled Afghanistan with her family ten years ago, and just wants to concentrate on fitting in and getting into college--but the mutual attraction they feel demands that they come to terms with their family's concerns and decide where they stand in the ugly anti-Muslim politics of the time....