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Book Two

A Palestinian girl travels to the past in a magical quest to save the world.

Series: CMES Emerging Voices from the Middle East

Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin
November 2022
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152 pages | 5.5 x 8.5 |

The Thunderbird trilogy is a fast-paced time-traveling fantasy adventure centered on Noor, a young orphaned Palestinian girl who starts in the present and must go back in time to get four magical bird feathers and save the world.

In this second installment, Noor finds herself in the year 1177 in Jerusalem, during the Crusades. With the help of Sabeeka, Zainab, a girl who has the power to become invisible, and her local resistance group, Noor must once again find a feather belonging to the thunderbird before it burns, in order to prevent the world of the djinn from collapsing into the human world. Along the way, Noor helps the resistance group save hundreds of books and manuscripts from being burned. Like the first book in the Thunderbird trilogy, Book Two combines the magical with real events from Palestinian history to take the reader on a wild and adventurous ride through time.


Sonia Nimr is an award-winning Palestinian writer, storyteller, translator, and oral historian who has published more than two dozen books for children and young adults. She is an assistant professor of Philosophy and Cultural Studies at Birzeit University.

M. Lynx Qualey is an award-winning translator and the founding editor of ArabLit and ArabLit Quarterly, and cohost of the BULAQ literary podcast.