Mise à jour du 8 décembre 2015 : droits cédés à Gallimard Jeunesse
An amazing new middle-grade book based on a wonderful film, this Middle Eastern coming-of-age story is told with warmth, spirit, and a mischievous sense of humor:
THE GREEN BICYCLE
by Haifaa Al-Mansour
Dial Books, September 2015
Spunky eleven-year-old Wadjda lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with her parents. She desperately wants a bicycle so that she can race her friend Abdullah, even though it is considered improper for girls to ride bikes. Wadjda earns money for her dream bike by selling homemade bracelets and mixtapes of banned music to her classmates. But after she’s caught, she’s forced to turn over a new leaf (sort of), or risk expulsion from school. Still, Wadjda keeps scheming, and with the bicycle so closely in her sights, she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.
WADJDA is a debut novel by director and screenwriter Haifaa Al-Mansour. The novel is based on Haifaa’s critically acclaimed film of the same name, which is the first feature film ever made in Saudi Arabia (where cinemas are illegal).
UK rights were pre-empted by Penguin UK and German rights by CBT, an imprint of Random House Germany.