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Arab American Literature: YA

This LibGuide highlights the works of Arab American authors.


This section presents Arab American writers who focus on Young Adult fiction.







Authors & Works

Somaiya Daud

Daud is American-Moroccan and was born in the Midwest. She has worked as a bookseller, has a degree in English literature, and is now pursuing a doctoral degree, including teaching, on the West Coast. Daud is of Amazigh descent and her fantasy book is inspired by that heritage.

YA Works: 


Court of Lions

Hafsah Faizal

Born in Florida and raised in California, she now resides in Texas, she is a New York Times bestselling, award-winning author, and the founder of IceyDesigns. 

YA Works: 

We Hunt the Flame

We Free the Stars

A Tempest of Tea

Fatima Sharafeddine

Lebanese writer Fatima Sharafeddine came of age during the Lebanese Civil War. After she married, she moved to the US in the late 1980s, living in Ohio and Texas. She now lives in Brussels with her family where she works as a writer and translator

YA Works: 

The Servant

Ghady & Rawan

Jasmine Warga

Warga, who is Jordanian-American, comes from Ohio and now lives in Chicago with her family. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller and has earned multiple awards, including a John Newbery Honor, a Walter Honor for Young Readers, and a Charlotte Huck Honor.

YA Works: 

Other Words for Home

Here We Are Now

My Heart and Other Black Holes

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