Hanna Alkaf's 'Queen Of The Tiles' makes NY Public Library's year-end list


Hanna Alkaf's book 'Queen Of The Tiles' makes the New York Public Library list for 2022’s Best Books For Teens category. Photo: The Star/Raja Faisal Hishan

Every year, librarians and staff at the New York Public Library (NYPL) select noteworthy new books for readers of all ages and recommend them as their "Best Books" of the year.

Joining the international list this year is Hanna Alkaf, a young adult fiction author, with her latest book, Queen Of The Tiles, which has been included in 2022’s Best Books For Teens category.

The announcement was made on NYPL's social media recently. Hanna's Scrabble-inspired murder tale Queen Of The Tiles, which was released in April this year, is now a part of the NYPL's century-old tradition, where the American literary institution recommends the best-loved titles published for children, teens and adults.

"T-R-E-A-S-O-N. A year after the mysterious death of her best friend, Najwa returns to the Scrabble tournament where she died. But someone doesn't want her to succeed, someone who will do anything to win. Maybe even commit regicide," reads the book description on the NYPL website.

The award-winning Hanna, who is based in the Klang Valley, is also the author of The Weight Of Our Sky, and The Girl And The Ghost as well as co-editor (alongside Margaret Owen) of the upcoming young adult anthology The Grimoire Of Grave Fates.

Her new book Hamra And The Jungle Of Memories, an adventure tale inspired by Little Red Riding Hood, weretigers and the Langkawi jungle, will be released in March next year.

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