Please note: I’m speaking from the view of mainstream publishers, as there have been Islamic companies who have attempted to provide representation.
I’ve been an avid reader and lover of Young Adult novels ever since I could ever remember. I still remember my 12-year-old self borrowing the Darren Shan vampire series one by one from my school library because my parents wouldn’t buy me the entire series. I remember the day my cousin bought me all the The Hunger Games novels, and finishing them all in the space of a couple of days. I’ve been watching the increasing attention placed on diversity in literature for YA in recent year and I love that it’s happening.
In YA novels, there are few Muslim characters. I started making this list for my cousin who wanted to read more YA novels with Muslim characters in them. So that’s why I decided to post the list here. This is by no means an exhaustive list but it gives an indication of the novels that exist with Muslim characters in the YA publishing sphere. I’ll be continuously updating it. Please drop a comment below if I’ve missed one out!
Any books labelled with *** means it features a muslim character within the novel but not as the main protagonist.
- A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar
- ***An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
- Ask Me No Questions by Marina Budhos
- Beneath My Mother’s Feet by Amjed Qamar
- Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. by Medeia Sharif
- Borderline by Allan Stratton
- Boy vs. Girl by Na’ima B. Robert
- Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
- Dahling, If You Luv Me, Would You Please, Please Smile by Rukhsana Khan
- I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister by Amélie Sarn
- ***Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1) by Rachel Caine | My Review
- In the Name of God by Paula Jolin
- Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow by Faïza Guène
- Laughing All The Way To The Mosque by Zarqa Nawaz
- Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson (Author), Adrian Alphona (Artist)
- ***My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher
- ***Paper and Fire (The Great Library #2) by Rachel Caine
- Rebels by Accident by Patricia Dunn
- Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham
- She Wore Red Trainers by Na’ima B. Robert
- Skunk Girl by Sheba Karim
- Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan
- Ten Things I Hate About Me by Randa Abdel-Fattah
- The Day of the Pelican by Katherine Paterson
- The Hijabi Club by Shaylene Haswar
- When Wings Expand by Mehded Maryam Sinclair
- Where I Belong by Gillian Cross
- Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
- You’re Not Proper (Striker #1) by Tariq Mehmood
In Islam, our faith rests on diversity and universal bonding through similarities. By advocating and encouraging voices to share their stories we can put them on the shelves. To future Muslim authors, I know you’re there, within the writing community, and I’m rooting for you. And with the recent news of Salaam Reads, I eagerly look forward for a broader spectrum of Muslim stories.