Born in Bombay India and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois, Samira spent countless hours at the library in her small hometown nestled in an oversized armchair next to an old Victorian fireplace with her nose in an Agatha Christie novel or re-reading Little Women, hoping that Jo would somehow end up with Laurie this time. Samira always loved to write—especially poetry–-but never actually dreamed of becoming a writer until she was an adult and an idea for a story captured her imagination and wouldn’t let go.
She received her BA and MAT from the University of Chicago and went on to teach high school English in both the suburbs of Chicago and the New York City Public Schools. After she left the classroom, she worked in education non-profits, helping to create more than seventy small high schools in New York City and fought to secure billions of dollars in public school funding throughout New York State.
These days, Samira lives in Chicago, Illinois. When she’s not writing or reading, she can be found on her lifelong quest for the perfect pastry.
Love, Hate & Other Filters (Soho Teen, 2018),
Internment (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2019)
Mad, Bad, & Dangerous to Know (Soho Teen, 2020)
A New York Times Bestseller
A Seventeen Magazine Best YA Book of 2018
An ABA “Indies Introduce” Selection for Winter/Spring 2018
An ABA IndieNext “Top Pick”
A Spring 2018 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection
A Kobo Winter eBook Indie Pick
YALSA 2019 Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominee
A Seventeen Magazine Top 22 Young Adult Book of 2018
A Goodreads Choice Award Semifinalist 2018
A 2019 Illinois Reads Selection
A School Library Journal Best Book of 2018
A Bustle Best Young Adult Book of 2018
A 2018 Shimmy Awards Semi-Finalist
A School Library Journal Top 10 Audiobook of 2018
A Buzzfeed Best Book of 2018
A 2019 TAYSHAS List Selection
BookPeople’s Teen Press Corps Top 18 Books of 2018
Shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize