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Quill Tree Books
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5.9 X 8.9 X 1.1 inches | 1.54 pounds

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About the Author

Nadia Shammas is an Arab-American comic writer born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Her original graphic novel Squire won the 2022 Harvey Award for best Children's/YA book. Her other notable projects include being the creator and curator of CORPUS: A Comic Anthology of Bodily Ailments, an anthology based around illness, disability, and healthcare experiences. When not writing, she's thinking about her great loves: girls with swords, her cat Lilith, and cold brew coffee.
Sara Alfageeh is a Jordanian-American illustrator and creative director whose first graphic novel, Squire, was published in March 2022 through Quill Tree. She has done work for Marvel, Star Wars, and Google, and she is also the co-founder of One More Multiverse, a gaming platform.


"Instantly compelling. I want to live in this story forever." -- Molly Ostertag, author of The Girl From the Sea

"An utterly gorgeous and heartfelt adventure that examines the roots of empire and the fables invented to maintain it." -- S.A. Chakraborty, author of The City of Brass

"A sweeping, gorgeous tale of tenacity and friendship, Squire makes you want to fight for a better world." -- G. Willow Wilson, author of The Bird King

"Loving families, conflicted loyalties and fierce hope animate this warm, tender exploration of friendship and belonging within the devouring bounds of empire, by two wonderfully talented creators." -- Amal El-Mohtar, author of This is How You Lose the Time War

"Squire is the fantasy epic we need right now--something wildly new that still manages to feel like an old favorite. Put simply, Shammas and Alfageeh are the bright future of comics." -- Saladin Ahmed, author of Throne of the Crescent Moon

"Deftly tackles complex subjects such as war, loyalty, and imperialism, all made humane and relatable through a young, compelling protagonist." -- ALA Booklist (starred review)

"Stands out in a graphic novel field long dominated by white authors and protagonists. Aiza's journey will leave readers with much to contemplate long after they close the book." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

"Epic. Shammas uses Aiza's determined voice to examine themes of assimilation and passing privilege through the ways in which the Bayt-Saiji Empire simultaneously divides and homogenizes its peoples." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A fantasy adventure filled with poignant illustrations, silly banter between friends and fast-paced battle scenes. Worth lingering over." -- BookPage (starred review)

"An engaging graphic novel that examines the nature of prejudice and the cost of imperial expansion." -- Kirkus Reviews

"With its high stakes and robust characters, Squire feels like a new take on Avatar: The Last Airbender, minus the magic." -- Horn Book Magazine

"Stunning. An action-packed graphic novel in a beautifully depicted world, sure to inspire and engage." -- School Library Journal