Samira Ahmed - "Amira & Hamza: The War to Save the Worlds" - Kate Hannigan

Saturday, September 25, 2021 - 11:30am - 12:30pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Samira Ahmed

We are delighted to host an in-person event with Samira Ahmed in celebration of her new book Amira & Hamza: The War to Save the Worlds. She will be joined in conversation by Kate Hannigan.

At 57th Street Books

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About the book: On the day of a rare super blue blood moon eclipse, twelve-year-old Amira and her little brother, Hamza, can’t stop their bickering while attending a special exhibit on medieval Islamic astronomy. While stargazer Amira is wowed by the amazing gadgets, a bored Hamza wanders off, stumbling across the mesmerizing and forbidden Box of the Moon. Amira can only watch in horror as Hamza grabs the defunct box and it springs to life, setting off a series of events that could shatter their world—literally. Suddenly, day turns to night, everyone around Amira and Hamza falls under a sleep spell, and a chunk of the moon breaks off, hurtling toward them at lightning speed, as they come face-to-face with two otherworldly creatures: jinn. The jinn reveal that the siblings have a role to play in an ancient prophecy. Together, they must journey to the mystical land of Qaf, battle a great evil, and end a civil war to prevent the moon—the stopper between realms—from breaking apart and unleashing terrifying jinn, devs, and ghuls onto earth. Or they might have to say goodbye to their parents and life as they know it, forever.…

About the author: Samira Ahmed is the New York Times bestselling author of InternmentLove, Hate & Other Filters; and Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know. She was born in Bombay, India, and has lived in New York, Chicago, and Kauai, where she spent a year searching for the perfect mango. She currently resides in the Midwest. Find her online at and on Twitter and Instagram @sam_aye_ahm.

About the interlocutor:  Kate Hannigan is a Hyde Park children's author of fiction and nonfiction for young readers. Her latest novel, Boots, is the third of a three-book series with Simon & Schuster/Aladdin and blends graphic novel elements with historical fantasy. Kate is also the founder of the Hyde Park/South Side Chicago chapter of SCBWI, which provides engaging programming for the region's aspiring children's authors and illustrators.

Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637