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S. K. Ali

S. K. Ali was born in south India and immigrated with her family to Canada as a young child. Ali not only writes and creates visual art, she is a school teacher based in Toronto.

Fiction (Young adult)

Love From A to Z

New York: Salaam Reads/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2019.

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

When [Zayneb] 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.

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.

Then her path crosses with Adam’s.

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.

Adam’s also intent on keeping his diagnosis a secret from his grieving father.

Alone, Adam and Zayneb are playing roles for others, keeping their real thoughts locked away in their journals. 

Fiction (Young adult)

Misfit in Love

Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2021.

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

In this fun and fresh sequel to Saints and Misfits, Janna hopes her brother’s wedding will be the perfect start to her own summer of love, but attractive new arrivals have her more confused than ever.

Fiction (Young adult)

Saints and Misfits

New York: Salaam Reads/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2017.
PS8601 .L52 S35 2017

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

Saints and Misfits is an unforgettable debut novel that feels like a modern day My So-Called Life…starring a Muslim teen.

Awards and Honours

2018 William C. Morris YA Debut Award (Finalist)
2017-2018 Asian/Pacific American Award for Youth Fiction (Honor title)

Fiction (Juvenile, Picture book)

The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family

Ibtihaj Muhammad with S. K. Ali. Art by Hatem Aly.
New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
PZ7.1 .M76 P76 2019

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

With her new backpack and light-up shoes, Faizah knows the first day of school is going to be special. It’s the start of a brand new year and, best of all, it’s her older sister Asiya’s first day of hijab–a hijab of beautiful blue fabric, like the ocean waving to the sky. But not everyone sees hijab as beautiful, and in the face of hurtful, confusing words, Faizah will find new ways to be strong.

Paired with Hatem Aly’s beautiful, whimsical art, Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad and Morris Award finalist S.K. Ali bring readers an uplifting, universal story of new experiences, the unbreakable bond between siblings, and of being proud of who you are.


S. K. Ali’s personal website

Publisher Salaam Press / Simon and Schuster

Publisher Little, Brown and Company