It Ain't So Awful, Falafel

It Ain't So Awful, Falafel
Author: Firoozeh Dumas
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2016-05-03
ISBN 10: 054461237X
ISBN 13: 9780544612372
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

It Ain't So Awful, Falafel Book Review:

Zomorod (Cindy) Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block . . . for the fourth time. California’s Newport Beach is her family’s latest perch, and she’s determined to shuck 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 U.S. headlines with protests, revolution, and finally the taking of American hostages. Even mood rings and puka shell necklaces can't distract Cindy from the anti-Iran sentiments that creep way too close to home. A poignant yet lighthearted middle grade debut from the author of the best-selling Funny in Farsi.

It Ain't So Awful, Falafel

It Ain't So Awful, Falafel
Author: Firoozeh Dumas
Publsiher: HMH Books For Young Readers
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2017-08-15
ISBN 10: 9781328740960
ISBN 13: 132874096X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

It Ain't So Awful, Falafel Book Review:

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.

Laughing Without an Accent

Laughing Without an Accent
Author: Firoozeh Dumas
Publsiher: Random House Incorporated
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2009
ISBN 10: 0345499573
ISBN 13: 9780345499578
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Laughing Without an Accent Book Review:

The author continues the story of her Iranian-American family and their experiences at home and abroad, from dealing with her French husband's Christmas traditions to taking fifty-one Iranian family members on a cruise to Alaska.

Funny in Farsi

Funny in Farsi
Author: Firoozeh Dumas
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2007-12-18
ISBN 10: 0307430995
ISBN 13: 9780307430991
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Funny in Farsi Book Review:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Finalist for the PEN/USA Award in Creative Nonfiction, the Thurber Prize for American Humor, and the Audie Award in Biography/Memoir This Random House Reader’s Circle edition includes a reading group guide and a conversation between Firoozeh Dumas and Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner! “Remarkable . . . told with wry humor shorn of sentimentality . . . In the end, what sticks with the reader is an exuberant immigrant embrace of America.”—San Francisco Chronicle In 1972, when she was seven, Firoozeh Dumas and her family moved from Iran to Southern California, arriving with no firsthand knowledge of this country beyond her father’s glowing memories of his graduate school years here. More family soon followed, and the clan has been here ever since. Funny in Farsi chronicles the American journey of Dumas’s wonderfully engaging family: her engineer father, a sweetly quixotic dreamer who first sought riches on Bowling for Dollars and in Las Vegas, and later lost his job during the Iranian revolution; her elegant mother, who never fully mastered English (nor cared to); her uncle, who combated the effects of American fast food with an army of miraculous American weight-loss gadgets; and Firoozeh herself, who as a girl changed her name to Julie, and who encountered a second wave of culture shock when she met and married a Frenchman, becoming part of a one-couple melting pot. In a series of deftly drawn scenes, we watch the family grapple with American English (hot dogs and hush puppies?—a complete mystery), American traditions (Thanksgiving turkey?—an even greater mystery, since it tastes like nothing), and American culture (Firoozeh’s parents laugh uproariously at Bob Hope on television, although they don’t get the jokes even when she translates them into Farsi). Above all, this is an unforgettable story of identity, discovery, and the power of family love. It is a book that will leave us all laughing—without an accent. Praise for Funny in Farsi “Heartfelt and hilarious—in any language.”—Glamour “A joyful success.”—Newsday “What’s charming beyond the humor of this memoir is that it remains affectionate even in the weakest, most tenuous moments for the culture. It’s the brilliance of true sophistication at work.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review “Often hilarious, always interesting . . . Like the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, this book describes with humor the intersection and overlapping of two cultures.”—The Providence Journal “A humorous and introspective chronicle of a life filled with love—of family, country, and heritage.”—Jimmy Carter “Delightfully refreshing.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel “[Funny in Farsi] brings us closer to discovering what it means to be an American.”—San Jose Mercury News

Big Ideas for Little Kids

Big Ideas for Little Kids
Author: Thomas E. Wartenberg
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 180
Release: 2014-05-01
ISBN 10: 1475804466
ISBN 13: 9781475804461
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Big Ideas for Little Kids Book Review:

Big Ideas for Little Kids includes everything a teacher, a parent, or a college student needs to teach philosophy to elementary school children from picture books. Written in a clear and accessible style, the book explains why it is important to allow young children access to philosophy during primary-school education.

Unidentified Suburban Object

Unidentified Suburban Object
Author: Mike Jung
Publsiher: Scholastic Inc.
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2016-04-26
ISBN 10: 0545782287
ISBN 13: 9780545782289
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Unidentified Suburban Object Book Review:

The next person who compares Chloe Cho with famous violinist Abigail Yang is going to HEAR it. Chloe has just about had it with people not knowing the difference between someone who's Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. She's had it with people thinking that everything she does well -- getting good grades, winning first chair in the orchestra, et CETera -- are because she's ASIAN. Of course, her own parents don't want to have anything to DO with their Korean background. Any time Chloe asks them a question they change the subject. They seem perfectly happy to be the only Asian family in town. It's only when Chloe's with her best friend, Shelly, that she doesn't feel like a total alien. Then a new teacher comes to town: Ms. Lee. She's Korean American, and for the first time Chloe has a person to talk to who seems to understand completely. For Ms. Lee's class, Chloe finally gets to explore her family history. But what she unearths is light-years away from what she expected.

Mallory in the Spotlight

Mallory in the Spotlight
Author: Laurie Friedman
Publsiher: Darby Creek ™
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2010-10-01
ISBN 10: 1467727350
ISBN 13: 9781467727358
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mallory in the Spotlight Book Review:

The world is a stage for Mallory McDonald! When Mallory tries out for a part in the school play and gets the lead, she is super excited. But not everyone shares her enthusiasm, especially her best friend Mary Ann. In fact, the more excited Mallory gets, the less excited Mary Ann becomes. Mallory can't understand why Mary Ann is acting so strange. Even though the lights are shining bright, is there something Mallory's not seeing? Can Mallory find a way to play the roles of leading lady and best friend?

Unfamiliar Magic

Unfamiliar Magic
Author: R. C. Alexander
Publsiher: Yearling Books
Total Pages: 355
Release: 2011-05
ISBN 10: 0375858555
ISBN 13: 9780375858550
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Unfamiliar Magic Book Review:

Twelve-year-old witch Desi secretly uses her mother's spellbook with unexpected results, including meeting her warlock father for the first time and becoming like sisters with Cat, who was once her mother's familiar.

Other Words for Home

Other Words for Home
Author: Jasmine Warga
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2019-05-28
ISBN 10: 0062747827
ISBN 13: 9780062747822
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Other Words for Home Book Review:

Newbery Honor Book! A gorgeously written, hopeful middle grade novel in verse about a young girl who must leave Syria to move to the United States, perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds and Aisha Saeed. Jude never thought she’d be leaving her beloved older brother and father behind, all the way across the ocean in Syria. But when things in her hometown start becoming volatile, Jude and her mother are sent to live in Cincinnati with relatives. At first, everything in America seems too fast and too loud. The American movies that Jude has always loved haven’t quite prepared her for starting school in the US—and her new label of “Middle Eastern,” an identity she’s never known before. But this life also brings unexpected surprises—there are new friends, a whole new family, and a school musical that Jude might just try out for. Maybe America, too, is a place where Jude can be seen as she really is. This lyrical, life-affirming story is about losing and finding home and, most importantly, finding yourself.

The Inn Between

The Inn Between
Author: Marina Cohen
Publsiher: Roaring Brook Press
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2016-03-22
ISBN 10: 162672203X
ISBN 13: 9781626722033
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Inn Between Book Review:

Eleven-year-old Quinn has had some bad experiences lately. She was caught cheating in school, and then one day, her little sister Emma disappeared while walking home from school. She never returned. When Quinn's best friend Kara has to move away, she goes on one last trip with Kara and her family. They stop over at the first hotel they see, a Victorian inn that instantly gives Quinn the creeps, and she begins to notice strange things happening around them. When Kara's parents and then brother disappear without a trace, the girls are stranded in a hotel full of strange guests, hallways that twist back in on themselves, and a particularly nasty surprise lurking beneath the floorboards. Will the girls be able to solve the mystery of what happened to Kara's family before it's too late?

Connect the Dots

Connect the Dots
Author: Keith Calabrese
Publsiher: Scholastic Inc.
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2020-05-05
ISBN 10: 1338354051
ISBN 13: 9781338354058
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Connect the Dots Book Review:

Liar & Spy meets The Parker Inheritance in this whimsically complex story about human connection and the power we all have to determine our own fate.

Secrets of Shakespeare's Grave

Secrets of Shakespeare's Grave
Author: Deron R. Hicks
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 267
Release: 2012
ISBN 10: 0547840349
ISBN 13: 9780547840345
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Secrets of Shakespeare's Grave Book Review:

Discovering that a mysterious ancient treasure has been bequeathed to her literary publishing family, 12-year-old Colophon Letterford explores clues hidden in antique paintings, secret passages and a locked mausoleum to discover a link between her family's legacy and William Shakespeare. Illustrated by the artist of Stephen King's Rose Madder. 15,000 first printing.

Anywhere But Paradise

Anywhere But Paradise
Author: Anne Bustard
Publsiher: Carolrhoda Books
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2018-03
ISBN 10: 1541514815
ISBN 13: 9781541514812
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Anywhere But Paradise Book Review:

Peggy Sue is struggling with her family's move from Texas to Hawaii. An eighth-grade bully targets Peggy Sue because she is haole white and makes her life miserable. Then a tsunami hits Hilo, where her parents are traveling. Will they return safely?

Once Upon an Eid

Once Upon an Eid
Author: S. K. Ali,Aisha Saeed
Publsiher: Abrams
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2020-05-05
ISBN 10: 1683358031
ISBN 13: 9781683358039
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Once Upon an Eid Book Review:

A joyous short story collection by and about Muslims, edited by New York Times bestselling author Aisha Saeed and Morris finalist S. K. Ali Once Upon an Eid is a collection of short stories that showcases the most brilliant Muslim voices writing today, all about the most joyful holiday of the year: Eid! Eid: The short, single-syllable word conjures up a variety of feelings and memories for Muslims. Maybe it’s waking up to the sound of frying samosas or the comfort of bean pie, maybe it’s the pleasure of putting on a new outfit for Eid prayers, or maybe it’s the gift giving and holiday parties to come that day. Whatever it may be, for those who cherish this day of celebration, the emotional responses may be summed up in another short and sweet word: joy. The anthology will also include a poem, graphic-novel chapter, and spot illustrations. The full list of Once Upon an Eid contributors include: G. Willow Wilson (Alif the Unseen, Ms. Marvel), Hena Khan (Amina's Voice, Under My Hijab), N. H. Senzai (Shooting Kabul, Escape from Aleppo), Hanna Alkaf (The Weight of Our Sky), Rukhsana Khan (Big Red Lollipop), Randa Abdel-Fattah (Does My Head Look Big in This?), Ashley Franklin (Not Quite Snow White), Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow (Mommy's Khimar), Candice Montgomery (Home and Away, By Any Means Necessary), Huda Al-Marashi (First Comes Marriage), Ayesha Mattu, Asmaa Hussein, and Sara Alfageeh.

Naji and the Mystery of the Dig

Naji and the Mystery of the Dig
Author: VAHID IMANI
Publsiher: Stormtop Publishing
Total Pages: 199
Release: 2014-05-06
ISBN 10: 0991110323
ISBN 13: 9780991110322
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Naji and the Mystery of the Dig Book Review:

One summer morning, eight-year old Naji woke up to an unusual sound. Three strangers were digging in her courtyard. Naji’s sixth sense warned her: something suspicious was lurking down there. As events unfold and suspense rises, readers will enjoy the many colors of Persian culture, cuisine, folklore, history, geography, religion, language, and intrigue through Naji’s eyes and heart. Will Naji’s persistence reveal the source of her suspicions? Or will whatever lurks in the abyss remain a mystery forever?

Amina's Voice

Amina's Voice
Author: Hena Khan
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2017-03-14
ISBN 10: 1481492063
ISBN 13: 9781481492065
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Amina's Voice Book Review:

"A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family's vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school after tragedy strikes her community"--

Pepita Talks Twice / Pepita habla dos veces

Pepita Talks Twice / Pepita habla dos veces
Author: Ofelia Dumas Lachtman,Alex Pardo DeLange
Publsiher: Arte Publico Press
Total Pages: 32
Release: 2006
ISBN 10: 9781611922493
ISBN 13: 1611922496
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Pepita Talks Twice / Pepita habla dos veces Book Review:

Pepita, a little girl who can converse in Spanish and English, decides not to"speak twice" until unanticipated problems cause her to think twice about herdecision.

Mallory Makes a Difference

Mallory Makes a Difference
Author: Laurie Friedman
Publsiher: Darby Creek
Total Pages: 152
Release: 2018-09
ISBN 10: 1541528166
ISBN 13: 9781541528161
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mallory Makes a Difference Book Review:

Mallory has just had the worst Halloween ever, and she's determined to make the next holiday better. She decides the best way to make Thanksgiving a success is to do something that makes other people happy, not just herself. So she starts a food drive at school. The plan is to make sure families in need get a tasty Thanksgiving meal. And Mallory has an idea to get all of her classmates involved: the grade that brings in the most cans will get a week without homework! But when things start to go wrong, will Mallory's plan for a happy Thanksgiving be ruined?

Sami And the Time of the Troubles

Sami And the Time of the Troubles
Author: Florence Parry Heide,Judith Heide Gilliland
Publsiher: Turtleback
Total Pages: 329
Release: 1995-09-01
ISBN 10: 9780613719568
ISBN 13: 0613719565
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sami And the Time of the Troubles Book Review:

A ten-year-old Lebanese boy goes to school, helps his mother with chores, plays with his friends, and lives with his family in a basement shelter when bombings occur and fighting begins on his street.

The Frozen Sea

The Frozen Sea
Author: Piers Torday
Publsiher: Quercus Children's Books
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2020-03-05
ISBN 10: 9781784294540
ISBN 13: 1784294543
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Frozen Sea Book Review:

'If you can imagine it, it exists ... somewhere.' The second incredible instalment of a spellbinding fantasy adventure from the bestselling, award-winning author of The Last Wild trilogy. It is 1984 and forty years since Simon, Patricia and Evelyn and Larry first stepped through a magical library door into the enchanted world of Folio. When Patricia's daughter, Jewel, makes a mysterious discovery in an old bookshop, she begins a quest that will make her question everything she thought she knew. Summoned to Folio, she must rescue a missing prince, helped only by her pet hamster and a malfunctioning robot. Their mission to the Frozen Sea will bring them face-to-face with a danger both more deadly and more magnificent than they ever imagined. What Jewel discovers will change not just who she thinks she is, but who we all think we are...