Indies Introduce

Middle Grade

  • The Kingdom Over the Sea, Zohra Nabi
    Margaret K. McElderry Books, 9781665931083, June 6, 2023 (Middle Grade)

    “An homage to 1001 Arabian Nights, Yara seeks answers concerning her late mother which leads her to the fictional nation of Zehaira and a magical quest for the truth. A fantastical story steeped in cultural folklore and myth.”

    —Gerard Villegas, Auntie’s Bookstore, Spokane, WA

    “A fast-paced, magical coming-of-age adventure in a world readers will be eager to spend time in.”

    —Liz Decker, Caprichos Books, Ocean Pines, MD

    “Over the sea, we discover that magic exists and the alchemists use it for evil. Yara wants to understand who she is. When her mother dies, she believes she will never belong anywhere. But, following her mother’s strange letter, she travels to Zehaira, hoping it will lead to her birth family. Yara finds she herself has magic, and she struggles to understand why her mother never told her. She teams up with Rafi and Mehnoor and travels to find her family and find the power to overthrow the alchemists.”

    —Kathy Burnette, Brain Lair Books, South Bend, IN

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