HMH Books for Young Readers It Ain't So Awful, Falafel
HMH Books for Young Readers It Ain't So Awful, Falafel

It Ain't So Awful, Falafel

By Firoozeh Dumas

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Ages 10 to 12, Grades 5 to 7
Zomorod is eleven and originally from Iran, but please, call her Cindy. From a New York Times bestselling memoirist, a humorous, voice-driven debut novel about growing up Iranian in Southern California during the Iranian Revolution and hostage crisis of the late 1970s.

* "Fresh take on the immigrant experience—authentic, funny, and moving from beginning to end."Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Zomorod (Cindy) Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block. California’s Newport Beach is her family’s latest perch, and she’s determined to lose her brainy loner persona and start afresh with a new Brady Bunch name—Cindy. It’s the late 1970s, and fitting in becomes more difficult as Iran makes headlines with protests, revolution, and the taking of American hostages. Even puka necklaces, pool parties, and flying fish can't distract Cindy from the anti-Iran sentiments that creep too close to home in this poignant but lighthearted story. 


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