Haifaa Al Mansour

Haifall Al Mansour’s novel The Green Bicycle tells the story of Wadjda, an 11-year-old girl growing up in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Headstrong Wadjda confronts strict societal gender restrictions when she begins to dream of owning a green bicycle, which she has seen in a shop, and racing on it with her childhood friend. After trying to raise money to buy the bike by secretly selling music tapes and bracelettes at school, she is caught by her principal, but a Koran recitation competition offers another chance for Wadjda to realize her wish.