Magic Has No Borders

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About the Book

From chudails and peris to jinn and goddesses, this lush collection of South Asian folklore, legends, and epics reimagines stories of old for a modern audience.

This fantasy and science fiction teen anthology edited by Samira Ahmed and Sona Charaipotra contains a wide range of stories from fourteen bestselling, award-winning, and emerging writers from the South Asian diaspora that will surprise, delight, and move you. So read on, for after all, magic has no borders.

A pair of star-crossed lovers search for a way back to one another against all odds . . .

A girl fights for her life against a malignant, generations-old evil . . .

A peri seeks to reclaim her lost powers . . .

A warrior rebels against her foretold destiny . . .

With stories by:

  • Sabaa Tahir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Ember in the Ashes series and winner of the National Book Award and Printz Award for All My Rage
  • Sayantani DasGupta, New York Times bestselling author of the Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond series
  • Preeti Chhibber, author of Spider-Man’s Social Dilemma
  • Sona Charaipotra, author of Symptoms of a Heartbreak and How Maya Got Fierce and coauthor of The Rumor Game and Tiny Pretty Things, now a Netflix original series.
  • Tanaz Bhathena, award-winning author of Hunted by the Sky and Of Light and Shadow
  • Sangu Mandanna, bestselling author of The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches and the Celestial Trilogy
  • Olivia Chadha, author of Rise of the Red Hand
  • Nafiza Azad, author of William C. Morris Award nominee The Candle and the Flame
  • Tracey Baptiste, New York Times bestselling author of the Jumbies series and Minecraft: The Crash
  • Naz Kutub, author of The Loophole
  • Nikita Gill, bestselling author of Wild Embers and Fierce Fairytales
  • Swati Teerdhala, author of the Tiger at Midnight trilogy
  • Shreya Ila Anasuya, New Voices selection
  • Tahir Abrar, New Voices selection

A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year for Teens 2023!

Critical Praise

“A collection of fantastically diverse South Asian stories reimagining and recentering ancient tales by beloved and well-known names from young adult literature as well as intriguing new voices...this anthology pushes the boundaries of fantasy, drawing on a broad range of settings, figures, and tales from South Asian religions, mythologies, and history...engrossing, and entertaining.” — Kirkus Reviews

"This collection of short stories featuring South Asian characters and magic fills a void while celebrating culture and genre. As short story collections go, this strong selection featuring South Asian characters is joyous and original. Add it to the shelf." — School Library Journal

"Editors Ahmed and Charaipotra have gathered a host of South Asian authors and illustrators to create a marvelous anthology, with fourteen fantasy and science fiction stories that deeply explore legends, myths, and historical events, all reimagined from different regions and cultures in the South Asian diaspora. Readers will indeed find magic within this breadth of stories." — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063208261
  • ISBN 10: 0063208261
  • Imprint: HarperTeen
  • On Sale: 05/23/2023
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price:24.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Short Stories
  • BISAC2 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Anthologies
  • BISAC3 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / General
  • BISAC4 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / Asia
  • BISAC5 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Science Fiction / General

Magic Has No Borders by Samira Ahmed, Sona Charaipotra, Sabaa Tahir, Sayantani DasGupta, Tanaz Bhathena, Sangu Mandanna, Olivia Chadha, Nafiza Azad, Tracey Baptiste, Naz Kutub, Nikita Gill, Swati Teerdhala, Shreya Ila Anasuya, Tahir Abrar, Preeti Chhibber

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