Category Archives: Young Adult (YA)

New Books for Emirati Teens: Meet the Challenge on Nov. 19

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For Aspiring Egyptian Authors 16+ – أسس الكتابة للشباب

من مكتبة البلسم: يسعدنا أن نعلن عن ورشة لتعليم “أسس الكتابة للشباب” للموهوبين فوق 16 سنة مع د. نبيل فاروق يوم 16 أبريل الساعة 7 مساءاً Continue reading

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A Peek at the Abu Dhabi Book Fair’s ‘Creativity Corner’ for Kids

The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF), set to run this year from the 15-20 of March, will feature a number of activities for children ages 2-13 in its “Creativity Corner. Continue reading

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أوراق قديمة: YA vs. Middle-Grade Lit

I have only read the first story from this collection of three (أوراق قديمة), penned by عفاف طبالة and illustrated by هنادي مصطفى سليط. All three stories, I understand, are about the same misfit girl who is shown (after all) to be a strong, original thinker.

The Anna Lindh site bills it as a collection for “young adults” (13+) but I would—certainly on the basis of the first story—call it “middle grade” (8-12). Continue reading

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Favorites of 2010: The Arabic Young-Adult Novel

(At least) two Arabic YA novels were released in 2010: Fatima Sharafeddine’s فاتن, which came out at the Sharjah International Book Fair in October, and Samah Idris’s فلافل النازحين, released at Beirut’s December fair. Continue reading

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Breaking News! Fatima Sharafeddine’s فاتن Wins 2010 ‘Best Book’ Prize at Beirut Fair

The “Best Book” prizes for children’s literature are out at the 2010 Beirut Book Fair, and Fatima Sharafeddine’s first young-adult (YA) novel, فاتن, has very deservedly taken first prize. Continue reading

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Doha Dispatch: Three New Arabic YA Titles Out This Fall!

But “young” adults of all ages can rejoice today, with three Arabic YA titles newly released or on the way: two written in Arabic (Fatima Sharafeddine’s lovely فاتن, released by Kalimat in October, and Samah Idris’s فلافل النازحين, to be released next week at the Beirut Book Fair by Dar al-Adab) and one in translation (الضفدع الناري, newly published by Al-Balsam books). Continue reading

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