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Jackie Khalilieh

Jackie Khalilieh is a Palestinian-Canadian writer of YA, contemporary and women’s fiction. Khalilieh earned both a B.A. and a B.Ed. She now lives outside of Toronto.

Fiction (Young adult)

Something More

Toronto: Tundra Books, 2023.

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

Fifteen-year-old Jessie, a quirky loner obsessed with the nineties, is diagnosed as autistic just weeks before starting high school. Determined to make a fresh start and keep her diagnosis a secret, Jessie creates a list of goals that range from acquiring two distinct eyebrows to getting a magical first kiss and landing a spot in the school play. Within the halls of Holy Trinity High, she finds a world where things are no longer black and white and quickly learns that living in color is much more fun. But Jessie gets more than she bargained for when two very different boys steal her heart, forcing her to go off-script.


Jackie Khalilieh personal website

Publisher Tundra Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada