My posts may contain affiliate links, if you buy something through these links it doesn't cost you anything, but I may make a small commission which helps to keep this site up and running. Your virtual dog could be the next champion!

01 April 2018

YA Shot 2018: Sufiya Ahmed

Sufiya Ahmed is an award winning author and public speaker on girls’ rights. Her debut, Secrets of the Henna Girl, is fantastic and heart-wrenching in equal measure. I read it first a few years ago when it was shortlisted for the North East Teenage Book Award.

Secrets of the Henna Girl by Sufiya AhmedAdd to Goodreads
Life as Zeba knows it could be over for good...

Zeba Khan is like any other sixteen-year-old girl: enjoying herself, waiting for exam results... and dreaming of the day she'll meet her one true love. Except her parents have other plans. In Pakistan for the summer, Zeba's world is shattered. Her future is threatened by an unthinkable - and forced - duty to protect her father's honour.

Five reasons to read Secrets of the Henna Girl:
  1. It's UKYA and it's a well known fact that all UKYA is awesome.
  2. It teaches the differences between arranged marriages and forced marriages and treads gently while it does so
  3. Zeba's story is hard hitting while being sensitively handled.
  4. It will break your heart. If you need a good cry you will get one so get the tissues ready.
  5. The author's passion for girls' rights comes through in the writing and it is excellent.

You can see Sufiya Ahmed at YA Shot 2018 on Saturday 14th April! She'll be chairing a panel about how relationships shape women’s lives, something about which she is intensely passionate.


  1. I've never heard of this, but I'm very intrigued by the blurb and your reasons have convinced me further. Will need to keep any eye out! 😊
    Amy x

  2. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.


Please leave a link to your own blog when you comment, I'd love to visit yours!

Thank you so much for your comment!