Keep Me Posted!

Sign me up for the latest news from Penguin Teen, including new books, special offers, and promotions.

7 Books That Broaden Your Cultural Horizons

SHARE

At Penguin Teen, we know that great books take you places. (Okay, so it might be better to actually go to new places, but this way is a lot cheaper.) We also know that the best books take you places you’d never even thought to go. Read on for 7 books that will give you a glimpse into middle eastern experiences:

 

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

A sharpshooter. A dreamer. A damn good liar. Those are only three things to describe Amani Al’Hiza. A fantasy world reminiscent of the Middle East, Rebel of the Sands will leave you rooting for Amani and swooning over Jin—a mysterious foreigner—as they fight their way through the desert nation of Miraji.

 

Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed

What would you do if you didn’t have a choice about who you would marry? That’s exactly what happens in Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed. Naila’s parents send her to Pakistan for a vacation, only to find out that she’s really there to get married.

 

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Inspired by 1,001 Arabian NightsThe Forbidden Wish takes everything you love about Disney’s Aladdin and puts it into a lush, fantastical romance. You’ll wish this story never ends.

 

The Secret Sky by Atia Abawi

A heart-rending tale of love, honor, and betrayal set in present-day Afghanistan.

 

The Green Bicycle by Haifaa Al Mansour

Okay, so this is technically middle grade, but it needs to be on this list. If you love stories about a tough girl fighting for what she believes is right, you’ll need to pick up this one.

 

The Wrath & The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

We love retellings of 1,001 Arabian Nights, and Renée Ahdieh’s The Wrath & The Dawn is no different. It is one of the most romantic books you’ll read with one of the most badass heroines in YA today.

 

The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith

Multiple story strands come together in this Kurt Vonnegut-eqsue novel that centers around a Middle Eastern refugee who is the sole survivor of an attack on his village.

 

 

 

Looking for more recommendations? Check out these 6 books that unearth hidden histories!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#ShelfGoals

10 Love Stories Gone Wrong

We all love a good love story…but not all love stories necessarily have smooth courses (or happy endings). Come to think of it, a lot of love stories have a few bumps (or 200) along the way. Here are 10 love stories that don’t go quite as you’d expect!   The Love that Split the World by … Continued
See More

12 Books to Read If You’re Obsessed With Musical Theater

Do you sing Hamilton in the shower? Wicked in your car? Geeking out to Six the Musical on a regular basis? Here are the musical theater books for you.   The Alex and Eliza Trilogy by Melissa de la Cruz Hey Hamilton lovers, this one is for you. The Alex and Eliza Trilogy is the love story … Continued
See More

Excerpt Alert: Rebelwing

Happy #FridayReads! Did someone say robot dragons?! This week, we’re reading Rebelwing by Andrea Tang. Read the excerpt below! Chapter 1   The Drop   The whole mess was a long time coming, but the drama really began when the long, sleek snout of a plasma gun interrupted Pru’s breakfast.   “Good morning,” said Alex, black-eyed gaze intent over … Continued
See More

7 Alternate Histories to Answer Your Biggest “What If’s…”

Historical fiction is great, but sometimes you need your history with a twist. What if one thing had changed about your favorite historical time period? We’ve rounded up 7 reads that answer some of our favorite “what if’s”.   What if America had lost the Revolutionary War? The Inventor’s Secret by Andrea Roberton (Cremer) After years … Continued
See More

Excerpt Alert: The Small Crimes of Tiffany Templeton

Excerpt alert! This week we’re reading The Small Crimes of Tiffany Templeton by Richard Fifield. The Serpent King meets Girl in Pieces in this moving and darkly funny story about a teenage girl coming of age and learning how to grieve in small-town Montana. Scroll down to start reading! The court-appointed advocate dropped me off at two o’clock in the morning. … Continued
See More

6 Books to Cuddle Up With

Winter is the best time to be a reader because no one tries to force you to go outside and be “active,” leaving you with plenty of time to cuddle up with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book. Below are a few of our favorites to get all snuggly with, and the … Continued
See More

4 O.G. YA Romances That Must Be Remembered

For many of us book nerds, YA romances were what helped us start to learn what love is. (The PINING. Oh, that unforgettable PINING. 💔) If you’re looking for some romances to cozy up with indoors right now, then we’re here to remind you of some of the ORIGINAL YA romances that some of us … Continued
See More

Excerpt Alert: A Phoenix First Must Burn

A Phoenix First Must Burn is a collection of sixteen tales by bestselling and award-winning authors that explore the Black experience through fantasy, science fiction, and magic. Evoking Beyoncé’s Lemonade for a teen audience, these authors who are truly Octavia Butler’s heirs, have woven worlds to create a stunning narrative that centers Black women and gender nonconforming individuals. A … Continued
See More

10 Books That Will Destroy Your Heart (And Help You Heal)

As the incomparable Mara from Aaron Starmer’s explosive novel Spontaneous sagely said, “No one buying a book cares about metaphors and all that crap. All they want to do is cry.” We all have that book that we sobbed through, or books we return to when we’re in need of a good old fashioned feels … Continued
See More

Top Dragon Book Recommendations…by Author Andrea Tang!

Andrea Tang’s debut, Rebelwing, is hitting shelves THIS.MONTH. We are so psyched to join Prudence Wu on the back of a cybernetic dragon in an epic escape from a smuggling deal gone VERY wrong. If you are here for dragons, dystopia, or action-packed plot, make sure to add this one to the top of your February TBR! … Continued
See More
BACK TO TOP