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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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Titles At Your Library


  • 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 ‚Äč - "Love, Hate and Other Filters"

    Speaking Engagements

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