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Iranian-American

IT AIN’T SO AWFUL, FALAFEL

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Author's Last Name: 
Dumas
Author's First Name: 
Firoozeh
Publisher: 
HMH (Clarion)
Publication Month: 
May
Publication Date: 
2016

 Iranian immigrant Zomorod, aka “Cindy,” tries to fit in at her new California middle school in the late 1970s, just as the Iranian Revolution and the hostage crisis bring fear and discrimination. But Cindy’s voice is wry and true in this humorous tale of identity and acceptance.

IT AIN’T SO AWFUL, FALAFEL

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Dumas
Author's First Name: 
Firoozeh
Publisher: 
HMH (Clarion)
Publication Date: 
2016
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
When eleven-year-old Zomorov moves to Newport Beach, California in 1978 she’s tired of explaining her Iranian country and culture to others, and just wants to make friends and blend in. So she changes her name to Cindy and sets out to be “normal.” She eventually makes friends and even joins the Girl Scouts. All seems to be going well until the Iranian Revolution puts Iran on the front page. Then the American hostages are taken, and Zomorov’s family faces discrimination and hatred. Told with humor and an authentic middle-school voice, Zomorov’s story informs about the Iranian Revolution and the hostage crisis, while sadly reflecting current issues of prejudice and xenophobia. Ten to fourteen. –Lisa Cosgrove-Davies

TELL ME AGAIN HOW A CRUSH SHOULD FEEL

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Author's Last Name: 
Farizan
Author's First Name: 
Sara
Publisher: 
Algonquin
Publication Month: 
October
Publication Date: 
2014

No one, not even her Persian family, knows that Leila is a lesbian. This coming-of-age/coming-out story is notable for its warm and matter-of-fact portrayal of ethnicity, class and sexual orientation.

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