The Green Bicycle by Haifaa Al Mansour
Ages: 10 and up
Grade Level: 5 and up
I read this book a year ago, and it makes the perfect follow-up to Malala’s biographies. Eleven-year-old Wadja wants one thing – a green bike. Something that’s nearly impossible for a Saudi Arabian girl. She faces many of the restrictions Malala faced in Pakistan. Saudi girls aren’t allowed to ride bikes, and their mothers and big sisters can’t drive cars. Wadja encounters many hurdles in her quest to own her own bike. Along the way, you’ll also discover differences between our cultures. It’s way easier to be an American girl! Haifaa is a Saudi film maker and is the first Saudi female to shoot a full-length movie. This is her first book, and it’s based on her award-winning movie.