Nayra and the Djinn
Written by Iasmin Omar Ata
Illustrated by Iasmin Omar Ata
Published by Penguin Young Readers Group
In this coming-of-age graphic novel with a fantastical twist, Nayra Mansour, a Muslim American girl, is helped on her journey to selfhood by a djinn.
Nothing is going right for Nayra Mansour. There’s the constant pressure from her strict family, ruthless bullying from her classmates, and exhausting friendship demands from Rami –the only other Muslim girl at school. Nayra has had enough. Just when she’s considering transferring schools to escape it all, a mysterious djinn named Marjan appears.
As a djinn, a mythical being in Islamic folklore, Marjan uses their powers and wisdom to help Nayra navigate her overwhelming life. But Marjan’s past is fraught with secrets, guilt, and trouble, and if they don’t face what they’ve done, Nayra could pay the price.
In this beautifully illustrated graphic novel, Iasmin Omar Ata has created a realistic coming-of-age story with an enchanting dose of the fantastical about strength, identity, and, most of all, friendship.
Primary ISBN: 9780593117118
Publication Date: February 2023
Available As: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Graphic Novel, Middle Grade , Age 10 or older
Community Represented: Muslim/Muslim American
Themes: Coming of Age, Cross-Group Friendship, Cultural Empowerment, Discrimination: Cultural, Family Relationship: Parents, Generation: 1st, Genre: Fantasy & Folklore, Graphic Novel, Own Voices/Lived Experience, Welcoming by Individual
Setting: United States
Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: 1st Generation
Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience
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