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The Weight of Our Sky [Hardcover]
This gripping young adult debut depicts the 1969 race riots in Kuala Lumpur through the eyes of a teenager with OCD.
Melati Ahmad looks like the typical movie-going, Beatles-obsessed teenager, but unlike most other sixteen-year-olds, Mel also believes that she harbours a djinn inside her, one who threatens her with horrific images of her mother's death unless she adheres to an elaborate ritual of counting and tapping to keep him satisfied. But there are things that Mel can't protect her mother from.
On the evening of May 13th, 1969, racial tensions in her home city of Kuala Lumpur boil over. The Chinese and Malays are at war, and Mel and her mother become separated by a city in flames.
With a 24-hour curfew in place and all lines of communication down, it will take the help of a Chinese boy named Vincent, and all of Mel’s courage and grit to overcome the violence on the streets, her own prejudices, and her djinn's surging power to make it back to the one person she can't risk losing.
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