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Individual Author Record

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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ISBN: 9780316522694. OCLC Number: 1037897086

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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--

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ISBN: 9781616959999. OCLC Number: 984581380

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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.