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Best of 2019 Lists

Entertainment Weekly: The Ten Best YA BOOKS OF THE YEAR

Kirkus: Best YA ROMANCE of 2019

School Library Journal: Best Young Adult Books 2019

Shelf Awareness: Best Children’s & Teen Books of 2019

CBC Books: The best Canadian YA and middle-grade books of 2019

Canadian Children’s Book Centre: Best Books for Kids & Teens

Indigo: Top teen Books 2019

Entertainment Weekly (review): April Top Pick of the Month – LOVE FROM A TO Z

Washington Post: A Summer List for Fans of “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”

CBC BOOKS: Margaret Atwood, Louise Penny, S.K. Ali, Malcolm Gladwell among Goodreads’ 2019 best book nominees

Globe and Mail (review): Lovers in a Dangerous Time

THE TODAY SHOW (NBC): Best Summer Reads 2019

School Library Journal: Best YA Books of the Decade, According to the Best YA Authors of the Year

Refinery29: The Best YA Books of Summer

Book Riot: Best Books of 2019 So Far

Global’s The Morning Show: Love from A to Z

Star Tribune: SUMMER BOOKS

Globe & Mail Books Spring Preview: Spring Books to Dive Into

Bustle: ‘Love From A To Z’ By S.K. Ali Is A Spring Break Romance That Tackles Big Issues

CBC Books: The CBC Books Summer Reading List

Buzzfeed: 29 YA Books You Absolutely Must Read This Spring

CBC Books: 9 Canadian Love Stories to Read This Summer

Quill and Quire: Kidlit Spring Preview 2019

CBC Books: 29 Canadian Kids Books & YA to look for in spring 2019

Book Riot: Love from A to Z Review

The Young Folks: Love from A to Z Review

CBC Books: 11 Canadian Books We Can’t Wait to Read

Bustle: 21 New Romance Novels To Make Your Spring Reading Even Dreamier

Popsugar: The Best New YA Novels for Teens and Tweens in 2019

Bustle: 37 New Books Coming Out in April 2019

Common Sense Media Review: 5 Stars

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Industry Reviews for Love from A to Z:

Kirkus – Starred Review “Powerful and heartfelt”

School Library Journal – Starred Review “featuring characters readers will fall in love with…sure to become a beloved book”

 Shelf Awareness – Starred Review “Beautiful”

 Quill & Quire – Starred Review Teens and adults of any cultural background will relate to the book’s themes of family, loss, friendship, uncertain futures, and first loves.”

APALA Review “Highly original…Don’t be surprised if you find yourself looking up to a fictional eighteen-year-old. “

SLJ Teen Librarian Toolbox Review “…a beautiful, complex, and important book…shows the power of anger, peace, and connection.”

Publishers Weekly “This charming romance…deftly addresses challenging subjects such as chronic illness and cultural appropriation; sensitive portrayal…makes this love story stand out.”

Globe & Mail Books: “takes what seems like just another adorable teenage love story and pushes it to a whole new level…This is S.K. Ali’s second book and it’s a powerful one”

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other reviews:


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Kirkus Review: 10 Best Contemporary Teen Reads of 2017

Entertainment Weekly: The Ten Best YA Books of 2017

Globe and Mail Review: Saints and Misfits

CBC Radio The Next Chapter: Why S. K. Ali Believes in Girl Power

Book Riot: Best Books of 2017

Mental Floss: The Best Children’s Books of the Year, According to Bank Street

Buzzfeed: YA Novels You’ll Want to Read

Entertainment Weekly Book Review: Saints and Misfits Should Be Your Next Read After T.H.U.G.

EW: 5 YA Novels That Should Become Television Shows ASAP

Kirkus: 11 Fresh Takes on Teen Romance

Kirkus: Behind the Masks

NBC News: #MuslimShelfSpace

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – 35 Most Anticipated Books of 2017

Huffington Post: #MuslimShelfSpace

Popsugar: Top Middle Grade and YA Reads of the Summer

Flare: Make this Modern Day My So-Called Life Your Next Book Club Read

CBC: The Great Canadian Reading List

Metro Morning‘s Summer Reading List for Kids

CBC: Spring Books 2017

Globe and Mail: Reflected on the Page

Toronto Star: Book Picks for Every Weekend of Summer

National Post: Put Muslim Characters Who Don’t Need to be Saved on School Reading Lists

Salon: Forging an Individual Identity

Huffington Post: 9 Great Young Adult Novels for Politically Engaged Readers

Barnes & Noble: Anticipated OwnVoice Reads

Entertainment Weekly: Muslim Authored books

First Chapter Excerpt (Entertainment Weekly)

PureWow: 15 Incredible New YA Novels

Bravo: 9 Beach Reads

Q (CBC Radio): 4 Books You Need to Read This Month

Common Sense Media Review: 5 Stars

Entertainment Weekly: Summer Must-Reads: 20 Books to Read this Summer

CBC Books: 7 Canadian Books to Read if You Love Jane Austen

Bustle: The Best Novels Coming Out in June 2017

American Booksellers Association: Indies Introduce Title Q&A with S. K. Ali

Kirkus: 11 Tales of Struggle and Self-Discovery

School Library Journal: 32 Stellar Titles

The Social (CTV): Saints and Misfits is a Muslim Girl-Power Story

Q (CBC Radio): June 28, 2017 (from the 24:11 mark)

Your Morning (CTV): S.K. Ali Shares the Meaning of Her New Book

Pop-culturalist: 3 Diverse Contemporary YA Novels to Read in 2017

Quill & Quire: The Problematic Representation of Muslim Girls in Children’s Literature

Quill & Quire: Simon & Schuster Sheds Light on the Complexities of Muslim Identity

PRISM International: Monsters, Saints and Misfits, an interview with S. K. Ali

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Industry Reviews for Saints and Misfits:

Quill & Quire Review

Horn Book Review

Publisher’s Weekly Review

Kirkus – Starred Review

Booklist – Starred Review

School Library Journal – Starred Review

SLJ Teen Librarian Toolbox Review

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My Writing

NBC News: Ramadan – Personal Essay  

School Library Journal: Time For Confrontation – Moving Forward in the Diversity Conversation


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