Virtual Visit Webinar: Yassmin Abdel-Magied, author of Listen Layla

Book a 45-minute school Zoom with author Yassmin Abdel-Magied on Friday 5 November at 10:30 AM.

About the book: 

School's out for the summer! And Layla's going to spend it getting her inventions ready for the grand design competition. But when her grandmother falls ill and her family must rush to Sudan to be with her, Layla feels like she's being pulled in many different directions. Family, friends, home, inventions - there's a lot to navigate. With big protests looming in Sudan, could Layla save the day with her revolutionary ideas? Exploring the diaspora experience, Listen, Layla is an own voices novel for young readers bursting with passion, humour, and truth.

Author fact file:

Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a Sudanese-Australian writer, engineer, and award-winning social advocate. Yassmin founded her first organisation, Youth Without Borders, at the age of 16, leading it for nine years. Her TED talk, What does my headscarf mean to you, has been viewed over two million times and was one of TED’s top 10 ideas of 2015. 

What to expect during the 45-minute session:

  • A presentation about where Yassmin got her inspiration for Listen, Layla and You Must Be Layla 
  • Find out why Yassmin made Layla an inventor and why she wanted to feature Sudan culture 
  • A reading from Listen, Layla 
  • Send in your pupils' questions for Yassmin to answer to [email protected] with 'Yassmin' in the subject line by the Wednesday before the event

Get prepared: 

  • Download the activity pack and free chapter sample 
  • Send pupils’ questions
  • Have pens and paper ready for the event
  • Look out for emails from Puffin Schools (check your promotions and junk boxes) in the lead up to the event
  • Get a copy of the book from your local independent bookshop via 
  • Share photos of your class watching by tweeting @PuffinBooks #VirtualVisits 


Sign up to register your class or school to join Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s virtual visit on 5th November and to get emails from Puffin Schools with the Zoom link for the virtual visit, information to help you plan for the event and event reminders.

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