It Ain't So Awful, Falafel
  • It Ain't So Awful, Falafel
  • It Ain't So Awful, Falafel
  • It Ain't So Awful, Falafel
ISBN: 0544612310
EAN13: 9780544612310
Language: English
Pages: 384
Dimensions: 1.4" H x 8.4" L x 5.75" W
Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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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 puka shell necklaces, pool parties, and flying fish 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.

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   An amazing, surprisingly powerful story
This is the kind of story that I would love to see it transformed into a movie. I can 't believe that someone could fictionalize their own story and still makes it sound very natural and authentic. The historical information is very useful and is presented in a very pleasant way. I don 't want to give out too much information about the story, but I really appreciate its language, in many instances very poetic. The author has a very good sense of humor. I was almost moved to tears, because the emotion between the lines was so real and I am still very complicated about the fact that a part of the story was fictional. I don 't know if I want it to be 100% real or partially real, because I would feel sad that some of the characters did not actually exist, and I really liked them. Some part of me hates to know that some things have happened as described.
   Just read it
This is the story of a girl from Iran who was trying to fit in Southern California. For those alive, this is when the Shaah fell and the Iranian hostage crisis occurred. During this time, I was in high school and college and it was amazing to read this history, which I remember from another view. In our lives, we all feel alienated from time to time. During this time, Imagism brought an Iranian to America. Now you read her other books.
   So fun!
I loved so much this book! It was so interesting to ponder what it was like to live in the United States as an Iranian during the Iran hostage crisis.
   Probably one of my favorite books
I am 10 years old and just started the 5th grade. When reading was over, I was sad. There were also some pretty bad parts ; I felt so sad. I really like how Zomorod made new friends, though she was really lonely. I want my mom to read it too. I read it every day before the school and after. After I finished the book, my mom even made falafels for dinner.
   Awesome book!
Book is excellent! I think it applies as well to the current political climate. Great lessons in life.
   My 12 year old daughter loved this book
She could put it down hardly. She purchased another title from the same author just like that.
   Dont miss this one.
I really enjoyed this book, as did all my book club. Yes, it is a children's book, but also enjoyable for adults. A reminder that what we are doing is not better or worse, but rather different. Highly recommended as a book to discuss and share with your children.
   Relatable lessons of how to treat people of other cultures
I had purchased the audio book a while back but had forgotten why. I listened to it on a road trip with my kids. At first, it was not that interesting to them, but we stuck with it and then invested. I had not realized that it was about the Iran hostage crisis that I was 10 years old during. It really put it into perspective for me and introduced my children to the events in it. Mostly though, the human aspect was the part that I found importance in my children, hearing about the good and the bad in people. Firoozeh illustrates how people who actually know people of different cultures can relate to them, and those who are ignorant are the ones who hate. There are some very important lessons for this day in age in 2017 :
   Perfect Middle Grades Novel
I read this book with my fifth grade students and while it is categorized as middle grades '', I still think that YA lovers will enjoy it as long as romance is not a requirement. This book is semi-autobiographical and is set in the 1970s in California. Zomorod is an Iranian girl who is trying to find her place in the United States during a hostage crisis. The highlight of this book for me was that it showed very clearly that just because you are from somewhere doesn 't mean that you share the same ideas and tactics that your government does. It shows that we can not judge people on anything other than their own actions and beliefs. My students and I enjoyed both thoroughly enjoying this book.