Teen Spotlight: Middle Eastern Characters

With all the stories in the news about conflict in the Middle East, the human side of the story often gets lost. This month, we are featuring novels about Middle Eastern characters, their everyday lives, the challenges they face, and their unique perspective. Some of the stories are about characters living in their country of origin, while others are immigration or second generation stories: broaden your view of our incredibly diverse world through fiction!

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes, by Atia Abawi (Syrian)

The Lines We Cross, by Randa Abdel-Fattah (Afghan)

A Girl Like That, by Tanaz Bhathena (Saudi Arabian)

Driving By Starlight, by Anat Deracine (Saudi Arabian)

Rebels by Accident, by Patricia Dunn (Egyptian/Egyptian American)

How to Ruin Your Boyfriend’s Reputation, by Simone Elkeles (Israeli)

If You Could Be Mine, by Sara Farizan (Iranian)

Darius the Great is Not Okay, by Adib Khorram (Iranian, Iranian American)

Ronit & Jamil, by Pamela L. Laskin (Israeli, Palestinian)

The Authentics, by Abdi Nazemian (Iranian American)

Sadia, by Colleen Nelson (Syrian)

Written in the Stars, by Aisha Saeed (Pakistani, Pakistani American)



Teen Spotlight: Middle Eastern Characters

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