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More thrilling and empowering reads from bestselling author Samira Ahmed Seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens. For younger readers: A fantasy adventure intertwining Islamic legend and history, for fans of Aru Shah and the Land of Stories. This epic sequel takes readers on a thrilling magical adventure as the siblings face their most terrifying and formidable opponent yet.

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"With Hollow Fires, Samira Ahmed offers us an impossible-to-put-down thriller that is both spectacularly haunting and deeply thoughtful. Safiya and Jawad are not narrators we usually see, and their harrowing story is a wholly original commentary on perception, community, and the way society weighs one life against another." ―Sabaa Tahir #1 NYT bestselling author of An Ember in the Ashes

powerful, timely, and relentlessly compelling read. Hollow Fires burns brightly with Samira Ahmed's trademark blend of thought-provoking social relevance, heartfelt coming-of-age, and whip-smart plotting."―Karen M. McManus, #1 New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying

"The book presents a ripped-from-the-headlines story that will be an easy sell both in terms of theme and topic."―
School Library Connection

A deeply chilling, inventive, and timely page-turner."Kirkus, starred review

"Weaving alternating perspectives with articles and other media quotes, both real and fictional, this drives
an all-too-real story that educates as much as it enthralls."―Booklist

weaves evocative prose with images, articles, and text messages to explore with skill and depth the twining of social media in an age of misinformation, alt-right political movements, and racism and Islamophobia."―Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Ahmed offers up
a twisty, thrilling mystery while deploying the details of the crime as a framework for her exploration of Islamophobia and how wealth and privilege shield criminals from suspicion. The Chicago setting and the ultimate revelations of the horrific act call up elements of the Leopold and Loeb murders... it also makes a timely whodunnit that will satisfy any reader looking for a mystery, rich in secrets and social commentary."―BCCB

In a novel that cleverly uses time jumps; alternates narration (between Safiya and ghost Jawad); and occasionally incorporates text messages, newspaper articles, and the like, Ahmed positions her story in the larger context of a racially divided world."―Horn Book

Her devastating and inspiring book is at once a gripping thriller and a passionate call for change that’s urgent and timely—and sadly, also timeless."
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About the Author

Samira Ahmed is the New York Times bestselling author of Love, Hate, & Other Filters; Mad, Bad, & Dangerous to Know; Internment, and Hollow Fires. She was born in Bombay, India, and has lived in New York, Chicago, and Kauai. Find her online at and on Twitter and Instagram @sam_aye_ahm.

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Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (May 10, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0316282642
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0316282642
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 12 years and up
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 7 and up
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.1 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.85 x 1.55 x 3 inches
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SAMIRA AHMED is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of young adult novels: Love, Hate & Other Filters, Internment, Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know and Hollow Fires. As well as the middle grade fantasy adventure series: Amira & Hamza.. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in anthologies including: Take the Mic, Color Outside the Lines, Ink Knows No Borders, Vampires Never Get Old, and A Universe of Wishes.

She was born in Bombay, India, and grew up in Batavia, Illinois, in a house that smelled like fried onions, spices, and potpourri. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Samira has taught high school English in both the suburbs of Chicago and New York City, worked in education non-profits, and spent time on the road for political campaigns.

You can find her online at Twitter & Instagram: @ sam_aye_ahm

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Reviewed in the United States on May 21, 2022
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seek Truth! Speak Truth!
Reviewed in the United States on May 21, 2022
Hollow Fires is a poignant reminder that the lives of BIPOC men, women and children are not valued in this country and can be taken oftentimes with impunity. It highlights the need to expose injustice and condemn the tacit duplicity of those in privileged positions who spout alternative facts to distract from the truth.

Samira Ahmed’s use of a dual POV through Safiya and Jawad’s chapters made for a more enthralling story than if we had only gotten Safiya’s POV. The inclusion of blog posts, text messages, journal entries, transcripts, etc. throughout helped further give the reader a complete picture of what happened to Jawad.

There were many points where a reading break was needed because it was so enraging that Jawad was being dehumanized or Safiya was being gaslit. There were moments of sadness as well because of the ill treatment of BIPOC characters by authority figures or racists.

The prose is phenomenal! Hollow Fires is fiction, but it sadly is an accurate reflection of the country we live in. There have been similar scenarios in the media time and time again.

Hollow Fires doesn’t hold the magic solution to how we solve the ills of the world (i.e. racism, sexism, classism, Islamophobia, etc.) However, it does offer a way to start a dialogue about these important issues. Through Safiya’s character it also teaches how to stand up for what you know is right even when you fear that no one will believe you simply because of how you look or where you “come from”.
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