A librarian in search of Arabic “young adult” literature (for children 13+) has been stymied in her searches. Of course, there are translations of Twilight and suchlike, but as for YA lit originally written in Arabic, I had the following not-very-helpful list:
1. حينما كان للشوارع أسماء — رندة عبد الفتاح
From Bloomsbury-Qatar, Palestinian-Australian Randa Abdel-Fattah’s best-selling When the Streets Had a Name. (Yes, this is a translation, but at least it takes place in the Arabic-speaking world….)
2. فاتن — فاطمة شرف الدين
Award-winning children’s author Fatima Sharafeddine has a YA novel, فاتن, that should’ve been out by now, but I believe it’s been delayed until later in the year. Sharafeddine has said it should be ready in time for the Beirut book fair this December.
More about the book on Sharafeddine’s website: http://fatimasharafeddine.com/Young-Adults.html
3. يوميات هر — إملي نصراللّه
I’m not really sure if this IBBY honor title is YA or middle grade (I suspect middle grade?) as my eldest was quite small when I glanced at it in a bookstore, and such distinctions were far from my mind. But award-winning Emily Nasrallah has two other books that I believe are YA: جزيرة الوهم and الباهرة.
Please help out my librarian-friend with more suggested titles…!