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Gratz, Alan.
New York : Scholastic, 2015

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Kamran Smith is an all American high school senior whoís got it all. Heís the star of the football team, heís dating the most popular girl in school, and he has already been accepted to West Point. Kamranís life changes when his brother Darius, who has been fighting with the US Army in Afghanistan, is accused of being a terrorist. When video footage of Darius working with known terrorists surfaces, everyone focuses on the fact that the boysí mom is Iranian and grew up Muslim. Suddenly Kamran and his entire family are suspected of terrorist activity. Kamran canít believe that his brother is a terrorist, but the videos of Darius donít lie. Kamran ends up in a race against time to prevent another attack, and to find out where his brotherís loyalties really lie. Hopefully Kamran can restore his, and his family's, honor in the process. 
(Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Program, 2017)

Booktalk #2

Kamran Smith is a senior in high school and looking forward to attending West Point after graduation, just like his older brother, Darius. When Kam gets the news that Darius is a suspected terrorist, it turns his world upside down. Suddenly, his friends at school are looking at him with suspicious eyes and donít want to be around him. His girlfriend breaks up with him. But the worst part is that Kam is certain Darius would never threaten the United States. There must be another piece to this puzzle. When soldiers come to the Smith home in the middle of the night and take Kam and his parents into custody for questioning, Kam knows heís the only one who believes in his brother enough to clear his name. But itís not going to be easy! (Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers 2017-2018 Nominees)

SUBJECTS:     Brothers -- Fiction.
                        Ciphers -- Fiction.
                        Detective and mystery fiction.
                        Iranian Americans -- Fiction.
                        Muslims -- Fiction.
                        Terrorism -- Fiction.
                        Terrorists -- Fiction.

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