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The Wild Ones

The Wild Ones

by Nafiza Azad


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“Utterly unique storytelling…a tale that refuses to flinch.” — Chloe Gong, New York Times bestselling author of These Violent DelightsFrom William C. Morris Finalist

Nafiza Azad comes a thrilling, feminist fantasy about a group of teenage girls endowed with special powers who must band together to save the life of the boy whose magic saved them all.

We are the Wild Ones, and we will not be silenced.

We are girls who have tasted the worst this world can offer. Our story begins with Paheli, who was once betrayed by her mother, sold to a man in exchange for a favor. When Paheli escaped, she ran headlong into Taraana—a boy with stars in his eyes, a boy as battered as she was. He tossed Paheli a box of stars before disappearing. With the stars, Paheli gained access to the Between, a place of pure magic and mystery. Now, Paheli collects girls like us, and we use our magic to travel the world, helping to save other girls from our pain, our scars.

When Taraana reappears, he asks for our help. Dangerous magical forces are chasing him, and they will destroy him to get his powers. We will do everything to save him—if we can. For if Taraana is no longer safe and free, neither are the Wild Ones. And that is a fate that we refuse to accept. Ever again.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781534484962
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date: 08/03/2021
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 93,886
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile: HL750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Nafiza Azad is a self-identified island girl. She has hurricanes in her blood and dreams of a time she can exist solely on mangoes and pineapple. Born in Lautoka, Fiji, she currently resides in British Columbia, Canada, where she reads too many books, watches too many K-dramas, and writes stories about girls taking over the world. Nafiza is the author of The Candle and the Flame, which was nominated for the William C. Morris Award, and The Wild Ones. Learn more at

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1. The Beginning, or How Paheli Became the First Wild One; With a Cameo by Taraana, the Boy Made of Stars.

An Introduction; Hold On to Your Hats.

We are the Wild Ones. We are made of whimsy and lemon.

We have the temerity to be not just women, but women of color. Women with melanin in our skin and voices in our throats. Voices that will not be vanquished. Not now, not ever. We will not be silenced.

Just in case it needs to be said, all you need to be a girl, to be a woman, is to decide you are one. Your gender is your decision.

There have been many of us over time and between time. We write glimpses of our stories, of the lives we led before we became wild, in a Book of Memories. We share some of our stories, some of its pages, interspersed within Paheli’s story.

Our lingua franca? Why, darlings, we speak all dialects of pain.

Paheli’s story is our story. We will give it shape, allow it reason, fashion it wings, and watch it fly.

Now. Are you ready? Take a deep breath. Let’s be wild.

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