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BOOKS BY THE AUTHOR

"Shaik’s strengths as a writer are in creating everyday dialogue, in painting her characters’ lives, in mov­ing her plotlines quietly and slowly along. She brews her characters—their status, their intellect, even their skin color—slowly, like tea steeping in a porcelain pot..In com­pelling fiction such as this, there is power, and truth." Joe Concannon, Bostonia

PREVIOUS FICTION FOR ADULTS

"More like a performance piece than conventional fiction...a terrific charging solo." National Public Radio

THE MAYOR OF NEW ORLEANS: JUST TALKING JAZZ, adult fiction
“Three lush and evocative novellas” Publishers Weekly

"Poignant examples of cultural conflict and cooperation." San Francisco Chronicle

“In these three novellas, Fatima Shaik captures the essence of the people of southern Louisiana: the jazzy rhythms of speech and music, their spicy, flavorful food…she joins the ranks of black women writers preserving the voice of the Afro-American experience.” Jackson Sun

"Shaik writes with empathy and compassion about the lower rungs of New Orleans society. There are no villains here, nor is there the damp-palm voyeurism we have seen in other New Orleans-set stories.” The Short Story Review

YOUNG ADULT

MELITTE:A first person account of life through the eyes of a slave girl.
“Accessible and affecting historical fiction” School Library Journal
“Full of period detail and vivid sensory writing” Kirkus
“Heart rending novel” The Horn Book
Best Books for Young Adults Nomination ALA 1998
American Booksellers Association Pick of the Lists 1997
MELINDE, German translation of Melitte
Cecilie Dressler Verlag: Hamburg, 1999

PICTURE BOOKS

“An especially appealing book that offers children vicarious enjoyment of this special day." School Library Journal

ON MARDI GRAS DAY: A book on New Orleans’ black carnival. "...she knows what she's talking about." New Orleans Times-Picayune Best Books of 1999, Holiday, Bank Street College of Ed

THE JAZZ OF OUR STREET: A book on New Orleans’ second line parades. illustrated by E.B. Lewis
“Poetic words and stunning light-filled watercolors express the rhythm and feeling” Booklist
“Shaik’s clever, agile celebration of New Orleans jazz is a compact cultural history” Kirkus
Parent’s Choice Recommended Title Dial Books for Young Readers, Spring 1998