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Interview With Author Renee Ahdieh on “The Wrath and the Dawn”

Category : Book Review

This is the year of the fierce YA heroine. In fact, it's one of the many things to love about The Wrath and the Dawn, a newly released young adult book.

The story is an imaginative retelling of the classic tale One Thousand and One Nights and stars the fiercely loyal and savvy Shahrzad. Fans of strong characters and fairytale retellings will love this book.

I talked with The Wrath and the Dawn author Renee Ahdieh about diversity, favorite literary heroines and the book community.

Q&A With Renee Ahdieh

What drew you to the One Thousand and One Nights story?

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RA: The answer is twofold--I'm the child of mixed race, and I've always been drawn to different worlds. When I was younger, it struck me as odd that there weren't many diverse books readily available for kids. I know I really wanted to feel like the heroine of my own story, so it was important to me to write a book reflecting people from all walks of life. Secondly my husband is Persian, and the first time I went to visit his family, I saw this amazing tapestry on the wall. From a distance, it looked like a hundred different vignettes strung together at random. When I asked about it, his mother told me they were tales from One Thousand and One Nights. From there I began to consider what the frame narrative of Scheherazade might look like as a young adult story. Then I simply...  Read More

Lisa Parkin


Lisa Parkin who shares her passion of young adult books through her blog about young adult books over at Read.Breathe.Relax.com and through Uppercase, a YA book-of-the-month subscription box company. She loves her grumpy cat, butterbeer-flavored everything and heat lightning storms.

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