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Samira Ahmed | Hollow Fires (in store)


After discovering the body of fourteen-year-old Jawad Ali in Jackson Park, seventeen-year-old journalism student Safiya Mirza begins investigating his murder and ends up confronting white supremacy in her own high school.

"When, in a breathtaking twist, Safiya realizes that Jawad's killer is closer than anyone had ever imagined, she is both terrified and determined to bring about justice. Ahmed's gripping, unconventional murder mystery details how racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and other forms of extremism are normalized on the internet and in the media. The book's skillful construction combined with its sharp observations makes it a must-read with strong reader appeal. A deeply chilling, inventive, and timely page-turner." —Kirkus Reviews

Tee says, "I cannot remember ever reading a book so impactful, so relevant, and so emotionally gripping. If I had my way, everyone would read Hollow Fires."

Samira will be in conversation with Kwame Mbalia, author of theTristan Strong trilogy and The Last Gate of the Emperor duology.

Ages 14+

Can't attend but want a signed copy? Order below.

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
North Hills
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
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ISBN: 9780316282642
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 10th, 2022

A powerful, gripping YA novel about the insidious nature of racism, the terrible costs of unearthing hidden truths, and the undeniable power of hope, by New York Times bestselling author Samira Ahmed. Perfect for fans of Sadie and Dear Martin.
Safiya Mirza dreams of becoming a journalist.

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