WLT Book Buzz Episode #3 – The Middle East & Northern Africa: Persian New Year, a Diverse Take on Alice in Wonderland, & More


In this third episode of WLT Book Buzz, Laura Hernandez & Bunmi Ishola cover 17 books from the Middle East and Northern Africa. Persian New Year, a diverse take on Alice in Wonderland, and “the best kind of angst” are all here, with a special shout-out to NSK Finalist Laurel Snyder.

Books in Episode 3: 

  1. Salma the Syrian Chef, by Danny Ramadan and illustrated by Anna Bron
  2. The Cat Man of Aleppo, by Irene Latham & Karim Shamsi-Basha; illustrated by Yuko Shimizu 
  3. In My Mosque, by M. O. Yuksel and illustrated by Hatem Aly 
  4. The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq, by Jeanette Winter
  5. Ten Ways to Hear Snow, by Cathy Camper and illustrated by Kenard Pak
  6. Seven Special Somethings, by Adib Khorram and illustrated by Zainab Faidhi
  7. Planet Omar, by Zanib Mian and illustrated by Nasaya Mafaridik
  8. Darius the Great Is Not Okay, by Adib Khorram 
  9. Silverworld, by Diana Abu-Jaber 
  10. Furthermore & Whichwood, by Tahereh Mafi
  11. Meet Yasmine! series, by Saadia Faruqi and illustrated by Hatem Aly 
  12. We Hunt the Flame, by Hafsah Faizal 
  13. Perfectly Parvin, by Olivia Abtahi
  14. More Than a Pretty Face, by Syed M. Masood 
  15. Everything Sad Is Untrue, by Daniel Nayeri 
  16. Girl Gone Viral, by Arvin Ahmadi 
  17. Orphan Island, by Laurel Snyder

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