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The writer, born in 1966 in Beirut, Lebanon, collected several awards and honors, and spent the first six years of her childhood in Sierra Leon, in West Africa. In 1989, she received her B.A. in Early Childhood Education from the Lebanese American University. She received a Master’s degree in Educational Theory and Practice (1993) and a Master’s degree in Modern Arabic Literature (1996), both from Ohio State University. She moved to Houston, Texas in 1996, where she worked for two years as a lead teacher with children aged 3 to 6.
At a later stage, she taught Arabic Language and Culture classes at Rice University. She is currently fully dedicated to writing for children and young adults. Over the last 12 years, she has written and published more than 120 books, and translated several others from English and French into Arabic.
Several of Fatima’s books have been translated to various European languages, namely French, English, Turkish, Finish, Dutch, Irish, German, Swedish, Slovenian, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, and Danish.