|Notable works||Saffron Dreams|
Shaila Abdullah has received the Patras Bukhari Award for English Language, the Golden Quill Award, the Reader Views Award, the Written Art Award, and a grant from Hobson Foundation. Beyond the Cayenne Wall received the Jury Prize for Outstanding Fiction which is the highest award in the Norumbega Fiction Awards.
Her books include Saffron Dreams, Beyond the Cayenne Wall and three children’s books: Rani in Search of a Rainbow, My Friend Suhana, and A Manual for Marco. She has also written books for children with special needs.
In early 2014, a research team from Washington and Lee University conducted a study in which they found that reading a 3,000-word extract from Saffron Dreams can make a person less racist. The novel was cited as 1 of 50 Greatest Works of Immigration Literature by Open Education Database.