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Dumas, Firoozeh. 
New York : Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016
IL 5-8, RL 4.9

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Cindy, a middle schooler whose given name is Zomorod, moves to a new California city with her Iranian parents. Set in the late 70’s / early 80’s, Cindy has to learn to navigate middle school, balance new friendships, and stay true to her parents and culture all in the face of anti-Iranian racism after the Iran hostage crisis. (Sunshine State Young Readers Award Books 2017-2018)

Booktalk #2

Zomorod, a 6th grade girl whose family is from Iran, has a plan to fit in at her new middle school in ritzy Newport Beach, California. Her name, which means “emerald” in Persian, is too hard for Americans to pronounce, so she changes it to “Cindy”— like on The Brady Bunch. She dreams of joining the Girl Scouts, making American friends, and having a beanbag chair. It’s the late 1970s, and fitting in becomes more difficult as Iran makes headlines with protests, a revolution, and finally the taking of American hostages. (Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award, 2018)

SUBJECTS:     California, Southern -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.
                        Iran Hostage Crisis, 1979-1981 -- Fiction.
                        Iranian Americans -- Fiction.
                        United States -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.

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