Eid-Ul-Fitr – you’ve most probably heard it described as being a bit like a Muslim Christmas. That is kind of true. We have a meal with family and friends, we go to our religious place of worship, we wear nice clothes and give presents. But it’s in the celebration of the ending of Ramadan rather than the birth of Jesus.

So how better to bring us to near the end of #ramadanreadathon than to help you find those all important gifts for Eid for that YA book-lover in your life (or even as a treat for yourself!). These are all by Muslim authors, so you can also do your bit by supporting them all in an often un-diverse publishing landscape.

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A Change Is Gonna Come. Not yet published but who says you can’t give someone a preorder of the coolest anthology of the year? This is the buzz of the book industry and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy! Kudos to you Stripes Publishing House for this initiative.

 

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Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi. I’d buy someone this Young Adult Dystopia series, about a young girl who has a powerful ability she cannot control, just for the covers. 
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Written In The Stars – Aisha Saeed. A heavy read exploring a Pakistani-American woman whose Conservative parents try to force her into a marriage, but falls in love with someone else. 
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Out Of Heart – Irfan Master. A refreshing tale centering around families, friendship and how to heal after faced with death.
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The Lines We Cross (also known as When Michael Met Mina) – Randa Abdel-Fattah. An important YA contemporary that faces the growing conflicting issues of racism and refugees in today’s society through two teenagers. 
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Saints and Misfits- S.K. Ali. Recently published YA contemporary that stars an Arab Indian-American hijabi teenager. Lighthearted and fun, it also deals with important issues like love and finding one’s identity

 

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