Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali

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A William C. Morrow Award Finalist
An Entertainment Weekly Best YA Book of 2017

Saints and Misfits is a “timely and authentic” (School Library Journal, starred review) debut novel that feels like a modern day My So-Called Life…starring a Muslim teen.

There are three kinds of people in my world:

1. Saints, those special people moving the world forward. Sometimes you glaze over them. Or, at least, I do. They’re in your face so much, you can’t see them, like how you can’t see your nose.

2. Misfits, people who don’t belong. Like me—the way I don’t fit into Dad’s brand-new family or in the leftover one composed of Mom and my older brother, Mama’s-Boy-Muhammad.

Also, there’s Jeremy and me. Misfits. Because although, alliteratively speaking, Janna and Jeremy sound good together, we don’t go together. Same planet, different worlds.

But sometimes worlds collide and beautiful things happen, right?

3. Monsters. Well, monsters wearing saint masks, like in Flannery O’Connor’s stories.

Like the monster at my mosque.

People think he’s holy, untouchable, but nobody has seen under the mask.

Except me.

About S. K. Ali

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Published June 13, 2017 by Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 336 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Lost in a Great Book

Janna’s encounter with Farooq leaves Janna literally mute at times, but a significant part of the joy of this book lies is in watching Janna rediscover her voice, and deciding how and when she will choose to use it.

Jul 05 2018 | Read Full Review of Saints and Misfits

Maji Bookshelf

I can't wait to pick it up soon!

Jun 16 2017 | Read Full Review of Saints and Misfits

YA Highway

Kate is the author of After the Fall, coming January 24, 2017 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Mar 16 2017 | Read Full Review of Saints and Misfits

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