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Samira Ahmed

Born: , in Bombay, India
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Ahmed grew up in Batavia and is a graduate of the University of Chicago.

Biography: 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.

  • "Love, Hate and Other Filters"
  • -- 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
  • -- YALSA 2019 Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominee
  • -- Seventeen Magazine Top 22 Young Adult Book of 2018
  • -- Society of Midland Authors Literary Award Winner in Children's Fiction
  • -- Goodreads Choice Award Semi-Finalist 2018
  • -- Illinois Reads Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2019
  • -- School Library Journal Best Book of 2018
  • -- Bustle Best Young Adult Book of 2018
  • -- 2018 Shimmy Awards Semi-Finalist
  • -- School Library Journal Top 10 Audiobook of 2018
  • -- Buzzfeed Best Book of 2018
  • -- 2019 TAYSHAS List Selection
  • -- BookPeople's Teen Press Corps Top 18 Books of 2018
  • "Interment"
  • -- Instant New York Times Bestseller
  • -- Best Book of the Month for March, Amazon, 2019
  • -- Starred Review, Booklist
  • -- Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
  • -- Starred Review, Kirkus
  • -- Starred Review, School Library Journal
  • "Color Outside The Lines"
  • -- Nerd Daily Best YA Book, 2019
  • -- Starred Review, Booklist
  • -- Starred Review, Shelf Awareness
  • -- Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
  • "Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know"
  • -- Favorite Book of 2020, NPR
  • -- Best YA Book of 2020, Forbes
  • -- Best Book for Young Readers of 2020, Penn GSE
  • -- Indie Bestseller, ABA
  • -- Spring 2020 Kids’ Indie Next Pick, ABA
  • -- Most Anticipated for April, Goodreads
  • "Amira & Hamza: The War to Save the Worlds"
  • -- Illinois Reads Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2022

Primary Literary Genre(s): C:YOUNG ADULT; Fiction


Selected Titles

Amira & Hamza :
ISBN: 0316540463 OCLC: 1198085873

"A brother and sister must prevent a civil war or risk unleashing jinn and other terrifying creatures into our world"--

Color outside the lines :
ISBN: 1641290463 OCLC: 1086482043

An anthology of short stories exploring interracial and other relationships, in which differences are front and center, but may or may not matter.

Hollow fires /
ISBN: 0316282642 OCLC: 1267751652

After discovering the body of fourteen-year-old Jawad Ali in Jackson Park, seventeen-year-old journalism student Safiya Mirza begins investigating his murder and ends up confronting white supremacy in her own high school.

ISBN: 9780316522694 OCLC: 1037897086

A terrifying, futuristic United Sates where Muslim-Americans are forced into internment camps, and seventeen-year-old Layla Amin must lead a revolution against complicit silence--

Love, hate & other filters
ISBN: 9781616959999 OCLC: 984581380

Maya Aziz, seventeen, is caught between her India-born parents' world of college and marrying a suitable Muslim boy and her dream world of film school and dating her classmate, Phil, when a terrorist attack changes her life forever.

Mad, bad & dangerous to know /
ISBN: 1616959894 OCLC: 1108320774

In Paris, seventeen-year-old Khayyam, a part-Indian, part-French Muslim American, is at a crossroads when a chance encounter plunges her into research about Leila, a girl much like Khayyam who inspired Eugène Delacroix.