Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens.
With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the internment camp’s Director and his guards.
Heart-racing and emotional, Internment challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today.
About the Author
Born in Bombay, India and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois, Samira Ahmed spent countless hours at the library. 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. She is the author of Internment and Love, Hate & Other Filters.
Book Club Guide
From NOVL Nation
“This is book for the ages that delivers a timeless and critical story about the importance of using your voice and checking yourself against the growing prejudices, hatred, and fear that can potentially grip our nation. A gripping must-read.”
—Olivia, One Mused
“At the risk of being bold, I would it up there next to The Hate U Give in terms of how powerful and real the message it contains within its pages is. We need more books like this one. Thank you, Samira Ahmed.”
—Alex, A Pritch Reads
“I am heartbroken. I am angered. I am inspired.”
—Lauren, Lauren’s Boookshelf
“Layla is a fantastic character who works as hard as she can and even looks death in the eyes at one point just to fight for what she believes in. She is strong willed, brave, and is a great role model for every reader of this book.”
—Jessica, Books 4 Jessica
“Layla is a beacon of hope. A hope that reminds us that anyone can resist.”
—Diana, D Wants to Read
“This book made me feel. And it makes me want to help. And it makes me want to stand in solidarity with people treated differently because of the religion they want to practice or the religious clothing that distinguishes them.”
—Emily, Adventures and Reading
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