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Saints and Misfits

Saints and Misfits

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A William C. Morris 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.

Author: S. K. Ali
Publisher: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You
Published: 06/13/2017
Pages: 336
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.90lbs
Size: 8.30h x 5.70w x 1.10d
ISBN: 9781481499248
Age Range: 14-17

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 4.9
Point Value: 11
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 504576 / Saints and Misfits

Award: William C. Morris YA Debut Award - Finalist

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 04/15/2017 pg. 76
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 06/01/2017
Publishers Weekly 05/08/2017
School Library Journal 05/01/2017 pg. 98
Booklist 05/15/2017 pg. 52
Voice of Youth Advocates 06/01/2017 - Recommended - Better Than Most
Shelf Awareness 06/16/2017
Horn Book Magazine 07/01/2017 pg. 122
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2017 pg. 117 - Superior,Well Above Average

About the Author
S. K. Ali is the author of Saints and Misfits, a finalist for the American Library Association's 2018 William C. Morris Award and the winner of the APALA Honor Award and Middle East Book Honor Award; and Love from A to Z, a Today show Read with Jenna Book Club selection. Both novels were named best YA books of the year by various media including Entertainment Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. She is also the author of Misfit in Love and Love from Mecca to Medina. You can find Sajidah online at and follow her on Instagram @SKAliBooks, TikTok @SKAliBooks, and on Twitter @SajidahWrites.

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