The Jungles of Adolescence

S.K. Ali, Sigmund Brouwer, Allan Stratton

The Jungles of Adolescence

Moderator: Susin Nielsen

Event Number: 20
Tickets: $17.00

$9.50 for student groups

The Jungles of Adolescence

S.K. Ali, Sigmund Brouwer, Allan Stratton

Wednesday, October 18
10:00am - 11:30am
Performance Works

1218 Cartwright St.

Standing up for what’s right and recognizing your true friends can be a tricky business. Join three authors for a look inside the wilds of adolescence and the paths some forge through that jungle. S.K. Ali’s Saints & Misfits, set within a multicultural Muslim family, features Janna, a ‘misfit’ sophomore with a crush on a non-Muslim boy and the even bigger problem of avoiding the ‘saint’ of the local mosque who, unbeknownst to anyone, assaulted Janna at a friend’s party. After making some bad decisions, Sigmund Brouwer’s 15-year-old Maxwell is on the run. When he impulsively hops aboard a freight train, he embarks on a journey he never expected. And Allan Stratton’s Zoe, fed-up with her narrow-minded parents, also heads out on an unforgettable journey where she discovers a strength she didn’t know she had.

Suitable for Grades 8-12 and adults.

Event Participants:

S.K. Ali


S.K. Ali’s insightful work on Muslim culture has appeared in the Toronto Star. Many of her family members are scholars who consistently appear on the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World lists. Saints and Misfits, Ali’s timely debut novel, follows a sharp and relatable Muslim teen as she forms her identity through family, faith and friends and finds the strength to speak her truth.


Sigmund Brouwer


Sigmund Brouwer is a prolific, best-selling author with more than four million copies of his books in print. His work covers a huge variety of genres and subjects including picture books, nonfiction and young adult works. In addition to writing, Brouwer has presented literacy writing workshops to as many as 10,000 students annually across North America. Brouwer’s new novel, Innocent Heroes, takes a look at the role animals played during WWI and the bonds that form even in the darkest of times.


Allan Stratton


Allan Stratton is an award-winning writer of young adult novels and plays, and an accomplished world traveler. His career began with his play Nurse Jane Goes to Hawaii, which is one of the most-produced plays in Canadian history with more than 350 North American productions. He has been published in more than 20 countries and his book Chanda’s Secrets has received more than 26 awards and citations. The Way Back Home, Stratton’s latest novel, is an honest look at family conflicts: a young misfit runs away with her grandmother to save her being put into an senior’s home by her parents.