• Q&A: Kerry O’Malley Cerra

    I was so pleased to interview author Kerry O’Malley Cerra about her debut MG novel, Just a Drop of Water, a story about a middle school boy whose best friend’s father comes under suspicion in the aftermath of 9/11. So many of the issues raised in her book are still relevant in the current geo-political climate, and… Continue Reading

  • Q&A: Patricia Dunn

    We are thrilled to welcome author Patricia Dunn to story and chai, and grateful for the thoughtful answers she provided about her new novel Rebels by Accident, her writing process, and advice to new writers. – Aisha Aisha:  Please tell us a little bit about the inspiration behind Rebels by Accident. Patricia: It didn’t start… Continue Reading

  • Q&A: Annie Cardi

    Today I’m interviewing Annie Cardi, the author of the Kirkus starred gorgeous YA debut THE CHANCE YOU WON’T RETURN. When your mom thinks she’s Amelia Earhart, navigating high school, first love, and family secrets is like flying solo without a map. Driver’s ed and a first crush should be what Alex Winchester is stressed out… Continue Reading

  • Q&A: Allan Stratton

    Allan Stratton is the author of BORDERLINE. A young-adult novel about fifteen-year old Sami Sabiri, a funny, gutsy fifteen-year-old stuck at a private school where he’s the only Muslim kid. But things are about to get a lot worse. When Sami catches his father in a lie, he gets suspicious . . . and he’s… Continue Reading

  • Q&A: Ibtisam Barakat

    Ibtisam Barakat is the author of Tasting The Sky: A Palestenion Childhood. In her moving and lyrical memoir, Barakat shares with readers her life as a child whose life is completely turned upside down due to war. With candor and courage, she stitches together memories of her childhood: fear and confusion as bombs explode near… Continue Reading

  • The New Ms. Marvel And The Shifting Muslim Narrative

    by Aisha Saeed                                                                                                                                                                    It’s hard to imagine a comic book could provoke a firestorm of controversy and world-wide media attention, but in November 2013 when Marvel announced the new Ms. Marvel would be Kamala Khan, a sixteen-year-old Pakistani American teenager from Jersey, this is exactly what happened. As a Pakistani American Muslim, I was both… Continue Reading