Marina Budhos is an author of award-winning fiction and non-fiction. Her newest novel, Watched, takes on surveillance in our post 9/11 world. Watched is a companion book to Ask Me No Questions, which has received numerous honours and is taught in many schools. She also wrote Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom & Science with her husband Marc Aronson, which was a 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Award Finalist.
On Wednesday 8 March our Year 9 and 10 students got a clear insight into what it's like to grow up under surveillance in a post 9/11 world in America and what it means to truly belonging to a community? Known for her sensitively-rendered, coming-of-age novels, Watched, Tell Us We’re Home, and Ask Me No Questions, Marina Budhos zeroed in on diverse immigrant experiences from the perspective of young people. In her talk, she discussed racial profiling and the challenges an immigrant teenager faces.