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“A warm addition to the magical school genre, this duology opener foregrounds developing friendships among the mostly Arab or North African student body, Shad’s pride in his heritage and talents, and above all, his funny, sensitive voice.”
Publishers Weekly

Shad Hadid and the Alchemists of Alexandria

Written by George Jreije
Published by HarperCollins Publishers

You are invited to the Alexandria Academy . . .

Twelve-year-old Shad Hadid has never quite fit in. The other kids at school don’t understand him, so he spends most of his time alone, cooking for his teta and daydreaming of opening his own Arabic bakery full of tasty treats. But when Shad is attacked by a shadowy monster, he learns his late baba was an alchemist with the ability to mix charms, elixirs, and mists—and he’s one too!

Then Shad receives an invitation to the mysterious Alexandria Academy, a fabled school for alchemists, where he hopes he’ll find safety and learn more about the ancient science. But when he arrives, no one at the school seems to know what alchemy is! As Shad digs deeper into the mystery, he discovers a sinister evil lurking in the shadows, and only he holds the key to stopping—or fulfilling—their plans.

With danger at every turn and the fate of the alchemy world on the line, can Shad save his friends and defeat this sinister foe?

Look for the sequel Shad Hadid and the Forbidden Alchemies.

Primary ISBN: 9780063094826
Publication Date: October 2022
Available As: Hardcover, Audiobook, eBook
Middle Grade, Age 8 or older

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Setting: United States (Portland, ME), Egypt (Alexandria)

Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: Immigrant,

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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