Connecting Stories Live with A.M Dassu

Fight Back by A.M Dassu

Teachers and pupils in Key Stage 3, join our back-to-school event celebrating the release of Fight Back.

Join A.M. Dassu for an interactive 45 minute session exploring her new book, we’ll discuss her inspirations for the book, challenges writing it and her top tips for young people writing their own stories.

Aaliyah is an ordinary thirteen-year-old living in the Midlands. She’s into books, shoes and her favourite K-pop boy band. She has always felt at home where she lives … until a terrorist attack at a concert in her area changes everything. As racial tension increases, Aaliyah is bullied, but instead of hiding who she is, she decides to speak up and wear a hijab. She’s proud of her identity, and wants to challenge people’s misconceptions. But when her right to wear a hijab at school is questioned and she is attacked and intimidated, she feels isolated. Aaliyah discovers she’s not alone and that other young people from different backgrounds are also discriminated against because of their identity, and feel scared and judged. Should she try to blend in – or can she find allies to help her fight back? Channelling all of her bravery, Aaliyah decides to speak out. Together, can Aaliyah and her friends halt the tide of hatred rippling through their community?

An essential read to encourage empathy, challenge stereotypes, explore prejudice, racism, Islamophobia and inspire positive action.

Book giveaway:

For the chance to win a copy of Fight Back for your school library, challenge your class to write a short speech about the importance of empathy. Send your ideas to

Session benefits

  • Interact with the author via a live Q&A
  • Hear exclusive extracts from the book
  • Promote reading for pleasure

You will be able to interact with the presenters through the chat function, but you will not be able to chat with, or see the chat from other schools. Schools will not be able to turn their camera or microphone on unless your school are asked to do so ahead of the event.


This event is open to all primary schools in the UK and is ideal for children aged 11-13. Please register in advance.

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