Like most teen novels, Muslim young adult fiction is bursting with hormones, love interests, family drama, friendships and fallouts typical of high school life.
The only difference is the main characters are all Muslim, as are the authors of their stories.
Muslim young adult fiction was once relegated to relatively unknown indie printing presses.
Now, these books are being published by mainstream English-language publishing houses.
Popular writers include Uzma Jalaluddin, whose bestselling novel “Hana Khan Carries On” is being adapted for the big screen by Amazon Studios and Mindy Kaling.
Another is Laila Sabreen, whose debut book “You Truly Assumed” will be released Feb. 8 by HarperCollins.
The authors leading this literary niche are pioneering a new movement and exploring wider issues in Muslim communities, such as racism, gender roles and balancing faith and modernity.