You’ve reached the website of Hanna Alkaf, grumpiest Hufflepuff, wrangler of tiny humans, and author of books for kids and teens.
Hi, my name is Hanna. I’m an unapologetically Malaysian author of young adult and middle grade novels. I graduated with a degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and now spend most of my time making things up as I go along, both as a writer of fiction and as a mom.
Coming from Salaam Reads/Simon & Schuster in 2019
Melati Ahmad has imagined her mother’s death countless times. Plagued by gruesome thoughts she believes are put into her head by a djinn, Melati has developed an intricate set of tapping rituals to tame the monster within and keep her mother safe.
But there are things that Melati can’t protect her mother from. On the evening of May 13th, 1969, racial tensions in her home city of Kuala Lumpur boil over. The Chinese and Malays are at war, and Mel and her mother become separated by a city in flames.
With a 24-hour curfew in place and all lines of communication down, it will take the help of a Chinese boy named Vincent and all of the courage and grit in Melati’s arsenal to overcome the violence on the streets, her own prejudices, and her djinn’s surging power to make it back to the one person she can’t risk losing.
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*All illustrations featured on this website are by Charis Loke, unless otherwise stated.