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Quill Tree Books
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6.3 X 9.3 X 1.6 inches | 1.9 pounds

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About the Author

Nadia Shammas is a Palestinian-American comics and games writer from Brooklyn, NY now living in Toronto, Canada. She is best known for being the writer and co-creator of SQUIRE (HarperCollins), a Harvey Award winning YA Middle Eastern fantasy graphic novel co-created with Sara Alfageeh. Her other original work includes WHERE BLACK STARS RISE (Tor Nightfire), an adult eldritch horror graphic novella co-created with Marie Enger. She is also known for her work on MS. MARVEL: STRETCHED THIN (Scholastic). Her clients include Marvel, DC Comics, IDW Publishing, First Second, Tor Nightfire, Penguin Random House, and HarperCollins. She is represented by Charlie Olsen at Inkwell Management.

Sara Alfageeh is a Jordanian American illustrator and creative director from Boston. She's passionate about history, nuances in visual storytelling, and the spaces where art and identity intersect. She's known for her work for Marvel Comics, Star Wars, and children's publishing. While that's cool and all--she really just wants to draw girls with swords. Visit her online at www.sara-alfa.com


"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