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Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know by Samira Ahmed
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Apr 07, 2020 | ISBN 9781616959890

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An ABA Spring 2020 Kids’ Indie Next Pick

Praise for Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know

“A sweeping, feminist novel about equality and identity.”
Teen Vogue

Ms. Magazine

“A fierce, feminist coming-of-age story.”

“A wonderful dual POV novel which focuses on the contemporary-set treasure hunt led by Khayyam and a history-embracing tale of Leila. This standalone is filled with history, romance, French pastries, and more, while being both thought provoking and moving.” 
The Young Folks

“Ahmed’s brilliant novel shows that the familiar journey of being smart, in love, and a little lost is as profound now as it was in the 19th century. Add in a romance in the hidden gardens of Paris and an explosive trove of lost historical letters from a woman almost forgotten and you’ve got a fresh, thoughtful joyride that you’ll want to read with every woman and girl you know.”
Kim Liggett, New York Times bestselling author of The Grace Year  

“Rich, emotional, and inspirational. Samira Ahmed does it again with a work of art that reads like an anthem for the voices silenced throughout history, and a call to raise our own. Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know is a deeply thought-provoking, immersive love story to the hidden histories that dwell within us—and like any good story, it will live in your heart for years to come.”
—Farah Naz Rishi, author of I Hope You Get This Message

“Sharp, insightful and full of complex history and connections, Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know weaves a tapestry between today and the past, creating a story unlike any we’ve seen in modern YA fiction and cementing Samira Ahmed’s place as a must-read author.”
—Sona Charaipotra, author of Symptoms of a Heartbreak

“A lush YA novel.”

“A thoughtful and compelling book about history and the people whose lives are invisible . . . Though romance adds an interesting personal (and modern day) element to Khayyam’s story, Ahmed’s writing shines first and foremost where she has written a complex mystery and social commentary about women in history.”
—The Nerd Daily

“Samira Ahmed spins two mysterious and thrilling tales . . . Once again, the New York Times bestselling author of Love, Hate and Other Filters shows the similarities and overlaps of cultures and religions that we would never think to link together.” 
Book Riot

“An ambitious project . . . a pastry-rich and knowledgeable portrait of Paris, with details that redolently evoke but never overwhelm, and Khayyam is an interesting and cosmopolitan protagonist (she’s French, American, and Muslim and comments thoughtfully on the contradictions and intersections of those cultures) with an unusual vocation. Altogether, it’s a Parisian romance with a seasoning of intrigue, a dollop of feminism, a soupçon of caper action, and a lashing of scholarship.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Ahmed explores weighty themes including Orientalism, women silenced by history, and the responsibility of sharing their unheard voices . . . An entertaining tale that will appeal most to fans of art history and literature.”
Kirkus Reviews 

“Ahmed pulls readers into a picturesque Parisian setting that brings the mellifluous language and customs to life, which makes a perfect backdrop for an art mystery . . . With a determination to give voice to a woman whose story has been erased from the pages of history, Ahmed offers yet another well-wrought and dynamic novel.” 

“A multi- faceted blend of contemporary and historical intrigue.”
Publishers Weekly

“A whirl through 19th-century hidden drawers, libraries, salons, letters, hashish clubs, mansions, and tales of squandered monies with a descendant of Alexander Dumas and a determined young Muslim woman, on a quest to determine who has the right to #writeherstory. Perfect for romantically and historically inclined teens.”
School Library Journal

“If I wasn’t already a librarian, archivist and history lover I certainly would want to be after reading this. Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know is a lovely book about history, secrets, loyalty and life’s journey. Ahmed successfully captures the thrill of solving a good old fashioned mystery with sound research, breaking and entering, and a little bit of Google. I can’t wait for the movie!”
—Amy Vidlak Girmscheid, Director, Sandwich Public Library District

 “Ahmed blends art history, romance, passion and purpose as vibrant brush strokes on a canvas in this passionate narrative about the power of the past to influence the present.”
—Julia Torres, Teacher/Librarian, Denver Public Schools
Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know follows two Muslim girls, separated by centuries, as one tries to track down the missing history of the other. Readers will be entranced as Khayyam puts together the pieces of Leila’s story . . . Samira Ahmed deftly weaves history, classic literature, an art mystery, and a complicated romance.”
—Rachel Strolle, Teen Librarian, Glenside Public Library District

“Khayyam Maquet is determined to make her mark as an art historian, but she finds herself disillusioned and distracted by both a scholarly setback and a not-quite boyfriend who is suddenly ghosting her. Her annual family visit to Paris doesn’t feel like much of a vacation until she literally runs into the dreamy descendant of the novelist at the center of her research who presents her with a priceless opportunity. Art history puzzles and romance abound in this book, and I loved the intertwining narratives of Khayyam’s adventures and a mysterious 19th-century woman who may be the key to deciphering everything. Khayyam is a top-tier heroine and her infectious enthusiasm for both art history and making sure that marginalized voices get a chance to tell their own stories are the beating heart of this book.”
Julia Steiner, Book Cellar (Chicago, IL)

Praise for Samira Ahmed
“Heartfelt . . . Ahmed deftly and incisively explores the complicated spaces between ‘American and Indian and Muslim’ in modern America.”
Teen Vogue

“A compulsively readable, totally adorable coming-of-age rom-com with a serious, and timely, side.”
“This smart, heartbreaking, honest debut novel is as timely as it is hopeful. Ahmed tackles weighty issues with thoughtfulness and flair. I was completely swept away.”
—Sandhya Menon, New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi
“Love, Hate & Other Filters made me laugh and made me cry . . . [Maya’s story] is one that will stay with me forever. A much-needed addition to the young adult canon.”
—Aisha Saeed, author of Written in the Stars

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