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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.


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 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

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Color outside the lines :
ISBN: 1641290463. OCLC Number: 1086482043

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

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--

Love, hate & other filters
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.

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

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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.