It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel / Firoozeh Dumas

Zomorod Yousefzadeh is trying hard to survive the usual middle school drama—but her situation is a little different. Not only is she trying to get her parents (who don’t understand English or American customs very well) acclimated to life in the U.S., but when the Ayatollah comes into power in her native country, Iran, she must deal with discrimination, her fear for her relatives, and understanding her place in the world. A great way for readers to connect with the immigrant experience and world events in the 1970s, It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel will appeal to readers ages 9 and up.

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