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General Information

Name:  Samira Ahmed  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;

Born: , in Bombay, India

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Illinois Connection

Ahmed grew up in Batavia and is a graduate of the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Samira Ahmed taught high school English, helped create dozens of small high schools, and fought to secure billions of additional dollars to fairly fund public schools. She's lived in Vermont, Chicago, New York City, and Kauai.

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Titles At Your Library

Love, Hate and Other Filters
ISBN: 1616958472

Soho Teen. 2018


In this unforgettable debut novel, an Indian-American Muslim teen copes with Islamophobia, cultural divides among peers and parents, and a reality she can neither explain nor escape.

Seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home and being paired off with an older Muslim boy her mom deems “suitable.” And then there is the world of her dreams: going to film school and living in New York City—and pursuing a boy she’s known from afarsince grade school.
But in the aftermath of a horrific crime perpetrated hundreds of miles away, her life is turned upside down. The community she’s known since birth becomes unrecognizable neighbors and classmates are consumed with fear, bigotry, and hatred. Ultimately, Maya must find the strength within to determine where she truly belongs.

ISBN: 0316522694

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 2019

Rebellions are built on hope.

Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens.

With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the internment camp's Director and his guards.

Heart-racing and emotional, Internment challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today.


  • New York Times Bestseller, ABA "Indies Introduce" Selection for Winter/Spring 2018, ABA IndieNext "Top Pick", Spring 2018 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, Kobo Winter eBook Indie Pick, Starred Reviews - Booklist, School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly, BookPage, Top Teen Pick for January ​ - "Love, Hate and Other Filters"

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