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Mary-Lou Zeitoun

Mary-Lou Zeitoun is a Palestinian-Canadian author, essayist, arts journalist and activist who grew up in Ottawa and now divides her time between Toronto and Ottawa. Zeitoun is a graduate of the Theatre program at York University and the Communications Studies program at Concordia University.

Fiction (Young adult)

13: A Novel

Erin, Ont.: Porcupine’s Quill, 2002.

Publisher’s Synopsis

It’s 1980 and Marnie Harmon dreams of John Lennon. Surrounded by disco, pervs and polyester she discovers punk on her forced march into womanhood.

Awards and Honours

2008 New England Book Festival Award, YA (winner)

Fiction (Young adult)

Jamilah at the End of the World

Toronto: James Lorimer, 2021.

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

Set against the backdrop of a brutal Toronto summer heatwave, seventeen-year-old Jamilah Monsour makes plans for what she’s certain is the beginning of the climate change catastrophe that will end the world. Luckily, Jamilah knows what has to be done to save her family: transform the back alley garage into a bunker. Reluctantly her parents allow the bunker, but they draw the line when she announces she’s going to skip university and instead use the money they had saved for her education to buy solar panels and a generator.

When an electricity blackout strikes, Jamilah’s climate change anxiety kicks into high gear and she ends up staying out all night, infuriating her father who is done with all this doomsday nonsense. Tension at home erupts and Jamilah runs away and joins a climate change protest where she learns about solidarity and agency, giving her hope for the future. When she returns home, her parents see just how deep Jamilah’s climate change convictions run and the family discusses her attending university to study environmental science, a plan they can all agree on. But Jamilah still plans on buying a generator, just in case.


Publisher James Lorimer

Publisher Porcupine’s Quill