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Amir is an Iranian-American human rights activist, journalist and documentary filmmaker. He has lived and worked in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Afghanistan. His essays and articles have appeared far and wide in the press. Khalil’s work as a fine artist has been much praised. He has been cartooning since he was very young. Zahra’s Paradise is his first graphic novel. Both Amir and Khalil have chosen to remain anonymous for political reasons.
YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens, Graphic Novel Reporter Best GN of the Year, Graphic Novel Reporter Great GN of Fall 2011 , Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books of the Year