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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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5.8 X 8.5 X 1.3 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Samira Ahmed is the New York Times bestselling author of Love, Hate, & Other Filters, Internment and Hollow Fires. She was born in Bombay, India, and has lived in New York, Chicago, and Kauai, where she spent a year searching for the perfect mango. She currently resides in the Midwest. Find her online at and on Twitter and Instagram @sam_aye_ahm.


"A riveting and cautionary tale. Internment urges us to speak up and speak out, to ask questions and demand answers, and when those answers prove unsatisfactory, to resist."-- Stacey Lee, award-winning author of Outrun the Moon
"A testament to what girls are capable of when they are overlooked, Internment is a masterwork of dignity and grit."--E.K. Johnston, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Exit, Pursued by a Bear
"Internment is a scathing indictment of our current political times. Ahmed has gifted us Layla, a courageous young revolutionary who fights against all boundaries of hate and ignorance. A must read for activists who continue to push back against the big What-Ifs."--National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi, author of American Street and Pride
"A powerful and poignant exploration of a nightmare made real. It's a testament to Ahmed's writing then, that the heart of the story is one of hope. Read INTERNMENT. Raise a fist."--David Arnold, New York Times bestselling author of Moquitoland and Kids of Appetite
"Internment is a visceral, essential book, both horrifying and hopeful. Ahmed deserves a spot on every book shelf in America."-- Kiersten White, New York Times Bestselling author of And I Darken and The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein
*Taking on Islamophobia and racism in a Trump-like America, Ahmed's magnetic, gripping narrative written in a deeply humane and authentic tone, is attentive to the richness and complexity of the social ills at the heart of the book.--Kirkus, starred review
*"An unsettling and important book for our times."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Terrifying, inspiring, heart-pounding, and incredibly timely. With an ultimately hopeful voice, Samira Ahmed shows how one person and small acts of bravery can spark a flame of resistance and inspire others to bring change."--Lauren Nopenz Fairley, Curious Iguana, Frederick, MD
"Internment builds a great case for empathy on all sides and for fighting history repeating itself."--Sami Thomason, Square Books, Oxford, MS
"Thank you to Samira Ahmed for giving us Layla, the Strong and Independent Female Character that we are always promised, but never actually get."--Emily Knosher, Read It Again Bookstore, Monticello, NY
"A riveting, ferocious read that will keep you up at night, a story about complicity and cowardice, strength, vulnerability, and hope."--Eugenia Vela, BookPeople, Austin, TX
"A necessary read for all young people, now more than ever."--Cecilia Cackley, East City Bookshop, Washington DC
*"By the end of the first two pages of this title the reader will be breathless with the anticipation and excitement of what's to come."--School Library Connection, starred review
"Internment sets itself apart...terrifying, thrilling and urgent."--Entertainment Weekly
*"...a poignant, necessary story that paints a very real, very frank picture of hatred and ignorance, while also giving readers and marginalized individuals hope."--Booklist, starred review
*"...Sensitive and stirring. For all collections."--School Library Journal, starred review
An instant New York Times bestsellerAn Amazon Best Book of the Month for March 2019

"It's an action-packed thriller that will make your teen sit up and think."--Family Circle
"[A] raw portrait of a young activist coming into her own....a potent and impassioned reminder of what American nationalism led to in our not-so-distant past."
--New York Times Book Review

"[Gives] understanding [to] the extreme dynamics of race in America from a Muslim perspective."
--PBS News Hour
"Samira Ahmed's Internment is timely in the most harrowing way.... will stay with you long after it ends."
"This heart-thumping book horrifies and inspires; Layla's struggle reminds readers to speak up and that only the persistent and resistant can make a change."--Teen Vogue
"Powerful. Emotive...a must-read."--Forbes