Love from A to Z /

by Ali, S. K [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Salaam Reads, [2019]Edition: First edition.Description: 342 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781534442726; 1534442723.Subject(s): Muslims -- Fiction | Arabs -- Fiction | Prejudices -- Fiction | High schools -- Fiction | Schools -- Fiction | Multiple sclerosis -- Fiction | Dawḥah (Qatar) -- Fiction | Qatar -- Fiction | Muslims -- Fiction | Arabs -- Fiction | Prejudices -- Fiction | High schools -- Fiction | Schools -- Fiction | Multiple sclerosis -- Fiction | Dawḥah (Qatar) -- Fiction | Qatar -- Fiction | Young adult fiction | Fiction | Novels | Romance fiction | Romance fiction | Novels | Young adult fictionSummary: Eighteen-year-old Muslims Adam and Zayneb meet in Doha, Qatar, during spring break and fall in love as both struggle to find a way to live their own truths.
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A Today Show Read with Jenna Book Club Pick <br> A School Library Journal Best Young Adult Book of 2019 <br> A YALSA 2020 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers <br> <br> From William C. Morris Award Finalist S.K. Ali comes an unforgettable romance that is part The Sun Is Also a Star mixed with Anna and the French Kiss , following two Muslim teens who meet during a spring break trip. <br> <br> A marvel: something you find amazing. Even ordinary-amazing. Like potatoes--because they make French fries happen. Like the perfect fries Adam and his mom used to make together.<br> <br> An oddity: whatever gives you pause. Like the fact that there are hateful people in the world. Like Zayneb's teacher, who won't stop reminding the class how "bad" Muslims are.<br> <br> But Zayneb, the only Muslim in class, isn't bad. She's angry .<br> <br> When she gets suspended for confronting her teacher, and he begins investigating her activist friends, Zayneb heads to her aunt's house in Doha, Qatar, for an early start to spring break.<br> <br> Fueled by the guilt of getting her friends in trouble, she resolves to try out a newer, "nicer" version of herself in a place where no one knows her.<br> <br> Then her path crosses with Adam's.<br> <br> Since he got diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November, Adam's stopped going to classes, intent, instead, on perfecting the making of things. Intent on keeping the memory of his mom alive for his little sister.<br> <br> Adam's also intent on keeping his diagnosis a secret from his grieving father.<br> <br> Alone, Adam and Zayneb are playing roles for others, keeping their real thoughts locked away in their journals.<br> <br> Until a marvel and an oddity occurs...<br> <br> Marvel: Adam and Zayneb meeting.<br> <br> Oddity: Adam and Zayneb meeting.

Eighteen-year-old Muslims Adam and Zayneb meet in Doha, Qatar, during spring break and fall in love as both struggle to find a way to live their own truths.

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<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">Love from A to Z MARVEL:   TWO SATURDAYS IN MARCH ON THE MORNING OF SATURDAY, March 14, fourteen-year-old Adam Chen went to the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha. A thirteenth-century drawing of a tree caught his gaze. It wasn't particularly striking or artistic. He didn't know why this tree caused him to stride forward as if magnetized. (When he thinks about it now, his guess is thus: Trees were kind of missing in the landscape he found himself in at the time, and so he was hungry for them.) Once he got close, he was rewarded with the name of the manuscript that housed this simple tree sketch: The Marvels of Creation and the Oddities of Existence. He stood there thinking about this grand title for a long moment. Then something clicked in his mind: Maybe that's what living is--recognizing the marvels and oddities around you. From that day, he vowed to record the marvels he knew to be true and the oddities he wished weren't. Adam, being Adam, found himself marveling more than ruminating on the weird bits of existing. We pick up his Marvels and Oddities journal on March 7, four years after that Saturday at the Museum of Islamic Art. Eighteen now, Adam is a freshman in college, but it's important to know that he has stopped going to classes two months ago. He has decided to live. *  *  * On the very late evening of Saturday, March 11, sixteen-year-old Zayneb Malik clicked on a link in her desperation to finish a project. She'd promised a Muslim Clothing Through the Ages poster for the Islamic History Fair at the mosque, and it was due in nine hours, give or take a few hours of sleep. Perhaps it was because of the late hour, but the link was oddly intriguing to a girl looking for thirteenth-century hijab styles: Al-Qazwini's Catalogue of Life as It Existed in the Islamic World, 1275 AD. The link opened to an ancient book. The Marvels of Creation and the Oddities of Existence. A description of the book followed, but Zayneb could not read on. "Marvels" and "oddities" perfectly described the reality of her life right then. The next day, after returning from the history fair (and taking a nap), she began a journal and kept it going for the next two years, recording the wonders and thorns in the garden of her life. Zayneb, being Zayneb, focused on the latter. She dedicated her journal entries to pruning the prickly overgrowth that stifled her young life. By the time we meet her at eighteen, she's become an expert gardener, ready to shear the world. She's also just been suspended from school. Excerpted from Love from a to Z by S. K. Ali All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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Zayneb, a Muslim American high school senior, leaves for spring break in Doha, Qatar, a week early when she is suspended for a note she wrote in class about her Islamophobic history teacher. Adam, a Muslim Canadian college freshman, is returning to Doha to see his father and sister, with some unfortunate news about his health that hes reluctant to disclose. Zaynebs passion for justice fills her with righteous anger that she finds difficult to direct. Adam is a calm peace-seeker who wishes he didnt feel quite so alone. What they have in common: each has been keeping a Marvels and Oddities journal (recording the wonders and thorns in the garden of life), based on an ancient book theyd both discovered. From the moment Adam sees Zaynebs journal fall out of her bag at the airport, readers will be waiting impatiently for their connection to unfoldbut, with such different temperaments, their relationship does not develop in an easy, straight line, and their doubts and the obstacles they face are convincing. Told through alternating perspectives, this compelling love story brings together a wide variety of cultures, political issues, and personality types. Readers are immersed in the teens world, feeling the frustrations of facing prejudice, the sadness of losing loved ones, and the hope that comes from mutual understanding. Ali (Saints and Misfits, rev. 7/17) has created an unforgettable couple in a deftly drawn setting. Sparks fly even as Zayneb and Adam avoid physical contact before marriage, making this a welcome halal love story for young adults. autumn allen September/October 2019 p.78(c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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