“Young readers demand honesty from the writer. I have to make sure I’m talking to them in a direct and respectful way.” – Susan Muaddi Darraj
Susan Muaddi Darraj won an American Book Award for her novel-in-stories, A Curious Land. It also earned the 2016 Arab American Book Award, won the AWP Grace Paley Prize, and was shortlisted for a Palestine Book Award. In 2018, she was named a 2018 Ford Fellow by USA Artists. Her debut children’s chapter book series, Farah Rocks (Capstone Books), is the first to feature a Palestinian American protagonist — the smart, brave, and funny Farah Hajjar. The first book in the series is Farah Rocks Fifth Grade, which was published in January 2020.
Susan’s book recommendation: Malawi’s Sisters by Melanie S. Hatter
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