Melouq: A YA Mystery and Adventure on the Mediterranean
Who knew that a competition could change the lives of an entire town? A coastal town, once calm and quaint, is transformed when researchers from the capital arrive. Based on a storyteller's tale, they create a competition to find the legendary island of Melouq. But, as three teenagers set sail, is it too much to hope that perhaps they will also find the fruit of the mythical Meldine Tree, promising health and beauty? Nour, Ali, and Dalia sail separately, hoping Melouq may solve their problems. But as long held truths begin to unravel, the island becomes the least of their worries.
"Set sail to the skies, Let night be your guide; The tree of heaven To which you'll confide.
Whether sea and storm, The outcome be bleak. You'll find both disaster And the island you seek."
"Reads like a John Green novel. The characters are deep and their motivations clear. The entire story leaves you touched and is impossible to forget."
"Underneath the action, Elabd's masterfully wrought characters uphold the story as each one sets out on a deeply personal quest, unsure of what lies ahead, sometimes afraid of the truths such a journey may reveal and realizing there is no turning back to the way things used to be..."