Print: A Bookstore is proud to be working with Maine author George Jreije in support of his debut middle grade novel, Shad Hadid and the Alchemists of Alexandria. All copies will be signed by the author and can be personalized—make sure to include your request in the checkout section!

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You are invited to the Alexandria Academy . . .

Twelve-year-old Shad Hadid has never quite fit in. The other kids at school don’t understand him, so he spends most of his time alone, cooking for his teta and daydreaming of opening his own Arabic bakery full of tasty treats. But when Shad is attacked by a shadowy monster, he learns his late baba was an alchemist with the ability to mix charms, elixirs, and mists—and he’s one too!

Then Shad receives an invitation to the mysterious Alexandria Academy, a fabled school for alchemists, where he hopes he’ll find safety and learn more about the ancient science. But when he arrives, no one at the school seems to know what alchemy is! As Shad digs deeper into the mystery, he discovers a sinister evil lurking in the shadows, and only he holds the key to stopping—or fulfilling—their plans.

With danger at every turn and the fate of the alchemy world on the line, can Shad save his friends and defeat this sinister foe?

George Jreije is a Lebanese-American children's author based in Portland. Aside from working with HarperCollins, he has also written short stories published with UNICEF. When not writing, George enjoys trying tasty Arabic pastries, messing with new yoga poses, and hoarding a pile of books he has yet to read.

Advanced Praise for Shad Hadid

"A heartfelt adventure rooted deeply in culture, Shad Hadid tugged at my heartstrings, made me laugh, and dazzled me with the ultra cool magic-science of alchemy!"
— Xiran Jay Zhao, #1 NYT Bestselling Author of the Iron Widow and Zachary Ying series

“A rich, one-of-a-kind world that readers won’t want to leave.”
— Soman Chainani, New York Times bestselling author of the School for Good and Evil series

"A magical and enthralling adventure, George Jreije conjures a truly magnificent tale of intrigue, loss, humor, and, most importantly, the courage of a young boy to fully recognize his potential as a powerful alchemist. I can't WAIT for Arab boys to get the representation they deserve!" 
— Jamar J. Perry, author of Cameron Battle and the Hidden Kingdoms

"In this action-packed, funny, heartfelt story, Shad stands up to everyone from middle school bullies to necromancers. Here comes a brave new hero that kids will adore!"
— Katie Zhao, author of The Dragon Warrior and the Winnie Zeng series

“Shad pulls readers in with his sharp wit and delicious baked goods, taking them on an action-packed adventure filled with intrigue and hijinks. Get ready to dive into the immersive world of alchemy!” 
— Adrianna Cuevas, author of the Pura Belpré Honor book The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez

Shad Hadid and the Alchemists of Alexandria By George Jreije Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063094819
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: HarperCollins - October 4th, 2022