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From the author of the bestselling novel INTERNMENT comes a gripping new story: about the insidious nature of racism, the terrible costs of unearthing hidden truths, and the undeniable power of hope. Perfect for fans of Sadie and Dear Martin.

Safiya Mirza dreams of becoming a journalist. One thing she’s learned as editor of her school newspaper is that a journalist’s job is to find the facts and not let personal bias affect the story: but that changes the day she finds the body of a murdered boy.

Jawad Ali was just fourteen when a teacher saw him wearing a cosplay jetpack and mistook it for a bomb. A mistake that got him arrested, labelled a terrorist – ‘Bomb Boy’ – and eventually killed. But who was Jawad, really? Who was the young boy behind headlines?

With Jawad’s haunting voice guiding her throughout her investigation, Safiya seeks to tell the whole truth about the murdered boy and those who killed him because of their hate-based beliefs.

A powerful story of our times, Hollow Fires exposes the evil that hides in plain sight and the silent complicity of privileged bystanders who use alternative facts to bend the truth to their liking.