Mina’s book proves to be a real draw

A book written by a teenage student pulled in crowds of young and old to Stratford Library last weekend.

Mina Bint Muhammad, 15, spent part of the day at the library where she signed copies of her debut novel See Red and chatted with visitors.

The Sarah Bonnell Student wrote the book when she was 14-years-old as a way of venting her emotions but admitted she found it to be an unusual and frustrating experience.

Not so the book launch which was attended by more than 50 people. Ola Lanyian-Amoako, from book publishers, Urbantopia Books, said: “She enjoyed talking to everyone who attended. It was fun day and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Mina found the whole experience exciting and enjoyable.”

The central character in Mina’s book is Jenna- an Arab girl in a school of mostly Muslim girls.

Mina told the Recorder: “Her class has a tendency of sticking with their own races- Jenna quickly realises that she doesn’t actually fit into any of them, being an Arab. However, she resolves her inner conflict eventually, as certain events change her way of thinking.”