Announcing: Congratulations to Nafiza!

Congratulations to Nafiza! Nafiza’s debut novel, The Candle and the Flame, has been acquired by Scholastic. Mark your calendars: this gem is coming out in 2019.

The photo, taken from Publishers Weekly’s Rights Report for the week of April 9, reads:

Lisa Sandell at Scholastic has acquired Nafiza Azad’s debut, The Candle and the Flame. Set in a city along the Silk Road that has become a refuge for those of all faiths, the YA fantasy is about a young woman with mysterious origins and two clans of powerful djinn who threaten to destroy her peace, and the unlikely alliances she’ll make to survive. Publication is slated for 2019; Katelyn Detweiler at Jill Grinberg LIterary Management handled the deal for North American rights.

Nafiza, congratulations and well done!

Review: Goldie Vance

Review: Goldie Vance

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Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

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Jazz in Love by Neesha Meminger

Jazz in Love by Neesha Meminger

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Review: Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel

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