Print: A Bookstore is proud to be working with Maine author George Jreije in support of his new middle grade novel, Shad Hadid and the Forbidden Alchemies, and the paperback edition of the first book in the series.

All copies will be signed by the author and can be personalized—make sure to include any requests in the order comments during checkout!

Cover image for Shad Hadid and the Forbidden AlchemiesGeorge Jrejie delivers another thrilling and action-packed middle grade fantasy adventure in this sequel to Shad Hadid and the Alchemists of Alexandria.

After defeating the necromancers and bringing alchemy back to the Alexandria Academy, Shad Hadid is ready for an exciting second term at school. It doesn’t hurt that he’s being called a hero, but the new lessons are harder than he expected and his mentor, Kahem, is nowhere to be found. 

When Shad intercepts a letter from an informant with a possible clue for thwarting the necromancers’ evil plans once and for all, he's determined to help. Joined by his friends, Shad embarks on a perilous journey across Lebanon to track down this secretive stranger.

But shadowy forces lurk around every corner, eager to take revenge on the Alexandria Academy's young heroes—and not everyone is as they seem. Unable to tell who they can trust, will Shad and his friends be able to find what they seek and save their school?

As Soman Chainani (The School for Good and Evil) noted of the first book: "Shad Hadid and the Alchemists of Alexandria is a heart-warming, mouth-watering tale packed to the brim with humor, action, and culinary delights. Alchemizing the magic school trope with traditional Lebanese culture, author George Jreije creates a rich one-of-a-kind world that readers won’t want to leave. Like a delicious home-cooked meal, this book is straight from the heart, a touching tale about family and friendship that is sure to resonate with children and parents alike."

George's HeadshotGeorge is the Lebanese-American author of the Shad Hadid children's fantasy series, the upcoming graphic novel, Tarik’s Bazaar Adventure, and more with HarperCollins. When not writing, George enjoys connecting with readers to spread his love of books and scouring the world for delicious food. 


Praise for the Shad Hadid series

"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 Forbidden Alchemies By George Jreije Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063094864
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: HarperCollins - October 17th, 2023

Shad Hadid and the Alchemists of Alexandria By George Jreije Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063094826
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: HarperCollins - September 19th, 2023