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Sabaa Tahir

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Sabaa Tahir
Tahir at the 2015 National Book Festival
Tahir at the 2015 National Book Festival
Alma materUCLA
Notable works
Notable awardsNational Book Award
Boston Globe–Horn Book Award

Sabaa Tahir is an American[1] young adult novelist best known for her New York Times-bestselling An Ember in the Ashes, its sequels, and the novel All My Rage.[2]

Two of her novels, An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night, were listed among Time Magazine's 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time in 2020.[3] In 2022, her novel All My Rage won the 2022 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, the National Book Award for Young People's Literature[4] and the Michael L. Printz Award'.[5]

Tahir has also published non-fiction reviews and essays in The New York Times,[6][7] The Washington Post [8] and Vox.[9]


Tahir grew up in the Mojave Desert in Ridgecrest, California, with her parents and two older brothers.[1] Her parents had emigrated from Pakistan to the United Kingdom before moving their family to the United States.[1] She attended UCLA, during which time she interned at The Washington Post. After graduation, she took a job there as a copy editor.[10] She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.[1]



An Ember in the Ashes series[edit]

Graphic novel prequel[edit]
  • A Thief Among the Trees (2020)
  • A Spark Within the Forge (2022)
  • TBA
Heir Duology[edit]

(Spin-off to An Ember in the Ashes)

  • Heir (2024)


Short fiction[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "'A Torch Against the Night' author Sabaa Tahir lights fantasy with dark true-life tales". EW.com. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  2. ^ "Sabaa Tahir | Penguin Random House". www.penguinrandomhouse.com. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  3. ^ "The 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time". Time. Retrieved October 19, 2020.
  4. ^ "School Library Journal".
  5. ^ "Printz Winner 'All My Rage' Shares Universal Experiences and Message of Hope Youth Media Awards". School Library Journal.
  6. ^ "The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks". The New York Times.
  7. ^ "Katniss Evergreen Hunger Games". The New York Times.
  8. ^ "MS. MARVEL: Why does Marvel's latest book succeed? Because its new Muslim teen superhero is 'sweet, conflicted and immensely relatable'". The Washington Post.
  9. ^ "The Ghosts of our Motel".
  10. ^ Diaz, Shelley. "Chatting with Sabaa Tahir, SLJTeen Live! 2018 Keynote Speaker". School Library Journal. Retrieved April 6, 2019.