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Love from A to Z
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About The Book
“Heartfelt and powerful.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
From William C. Morris Award Finalist S.K. Ali comes an unforgettable romance that is The Sun Is Also a Star meets Anna and the French Kiss, following two Muslim teens who meet during a spring break trip.
A marvel: something you find amazing. Even ordinary-amazing. Like potatoes—because they make French fries happen. Like the perfect fries Adam and his mom used to make together.
An oddity: whatever gives you pause. Like the fact that there are hateful people in the world. Like Zayneb’s teacher, who won’t stop reminding the class how “bad” Muslims are.
But Zayneb, the only Muslim in class, isn’t bad. She’s angry.
When she gets suspended for confronting her teacher, and he begins investigating her activist friends, Zayneb heads to her aunt’s house in Doha, Qatar, for an early start to spring break.
Fueled by the guilt of getting her friends in trouble, she resolves to try out a newer, “nicer” version of herself in a place where no one knows her.
Then her path crosses with Adam’s.
Since he got diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November, Adam’s stopped going to classes, intent, instead, on perfecting the making of things. Intent on keeping the memory of his mom alive for his little sister.
Adam’s also intent on keeping his diagnosis a secret from his grieving father.
Alone, Adam and Zayneb are playing roles for others, keeping their real thoughts locked away in their journals.
Until a marvel and an oddity occurs…
Marvel: Adam and Zayneb meeting.
Oddity: Adam and Zayneb meeting.
About The Readers
S. K. Ali is the author of Saints and Misfits, a finalist for the American Library Association’s 2018 William C. Morris Award and the winner of the APALA Honor Award and Middle East Book Honor Award; and Love from A to Z, a Today show Read with Jenna Book Club selection. Both novels were named best YA books of the year by various media including Entertainment Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. She is also the author of Misfit in Love and Love from Mecca to Medina. You can find Sajidah online at SKAliBooks.com and follow her on Instagram @SKAliBooks, TikTok @SKAliBooks, and on Twitter @SajidahWrites.
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio (April 30, 2019)
- Length: 384 pages
- Runtime: 9 hours and 10 minutes
- ISBN13: 9781508295372
- Grades: 9 and up
- Ages: 14 - 99
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Raves and Reviews
"This sweet Muslim teen romance with dual narrators begins with the author's voice vowing faithfulness to her characters' (fictional) journals, pieced together for the audiobook. Priya Ayyar gives American Zayneb an upbeat, strident tone that is distinctly teenaged. Her anger sparks at the Islamophobia she faces everywhere. Tim Chiou voices Canadian expat Adam in a calm, melancholy voice that contrasts with Zayneb's. As they get to know each other during their spring break in Doha, Qatar, both narrators move deftly between young love and shocked angst when private dramas flare up. An argument brings back the author's voice when their accounts diverge. The writing and performances will charm listeners, leaving them with more understanding of Islam, chronic illness, love, and war."
– Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, AudioFile Magazine
Awards and Honors
- Lincoln Award: Illinois Teen Readers' Choice Master List
- CBC/NCSS Notable Children's Book in Social Studies
- Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee
- Capital Choices Noteworthy Books for Children's and Teens (DC)
- SLJ Best Book of the Year
- TAYSHAS Reading List (TX)
- Westchester fiction Award Honorable Mention (CA)
- Keystone to Reading Secondary Reading List (PA)
- Just One More Page Recommendation List
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