A day can change everything.
Fifteen-year-old Salma Hashbi has been caught with her boyfriend in a totally humiliating misunderstanding. Instantly accused of being easy, she is shunned by everyone at school, shamed by her community and worst of all, has disappointed her mum.
Enough is enough and Salma decides to fight back against the prejudice and rumours, and audition for the role of her dreams. But on the hottest day of the year, with everything against her, can Salma make it in time and show the world who she really is?
A powerful story of standing up and standing out, written exclusively for World Book Day 2020 by the Branford Boase Award-winning Muhammad Khan.
“A great short story with some important, fairly mature, themes. Salma wants to be an actress but she’s been grounded following a misunderstanding about a night out with a “boyfriend”. Trouble is she’s desperate to attend an audition for a modern day Cinderella, if she’s found out her Mum is going to be beyond disappointed and she’ll face massive disapproval levels from the community. Enter Billie who is equally determined that she must follow her dreams. It’s fun and full of sass.”