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Hanna Alkaf
Hanna Alkaf

Hanna Alkaf is the author of the Freeman Award-winning THE WEIGHT OF OUR SKY (Salaam Reads/Simon & Schuster) and the Kirkus Prize finalist THE GIRL AND THE GHOST (HarperCollins). She graduated with a degree in journalism from Northwestern University and spent over ten years writing everything from B2B marketing emails to investigative feature articles, from non-profit press releases to corporate brochures. She now spends her time making it up as she goes along, both as an author of fiction and as a mom. Hanna lives in Kuala Lumpur with her family. Her next book is the upcoming YA mystery QUEEN OF THE TILES (Salaam Reads/Simon & Schuster 2022).

Book Title(s):

The Weight of Our Sky (Salaam Reads/Simon & Schuster, 2019)

The Girl & The Ghost (HarperCollins, 2020)

Award(s) and Accolade(s):

For The Weight of Our Sky:

  • Winner, 2019 Freeman Awards, Young Adult/High School Literature
  • Kirkus Reviews Best YA of 2019
  • YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults 2020
  • Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year selection 2020
  • A Children’s Book Council Notable Social Studies Book for 2020
  • Starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, School Library Journal, Shelf Awareness

For The Girl & The Ghost:

  • Kirkus Prize 2020 finalist
  • A Junior Library Guild selection
  • A Kids Indie Next List Fall 2020 pick
  • Kirkus Reviews Best MG of 2020
  • Starred Kirkus Review
Age Categories:
Middle Grade, Young Adult
Contemporary, Fantasy, Historical, Horror, Mystery, Speculative, Thriller
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