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It Ain't So Awful, Falafel Audiobook

It Ain't So Awful, Falafel

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Publisher's Summary

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 US 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.

©2016 Firoozeh Dumas (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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    Sylvia CULLMAN, AL, United States 05-10-17
    Sylvia CULLMAN, AL, United States 05-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "You are gonna cry at the end, it's SOOOO happy!"

    I couldn't stop listening to this book. It was that interesting! It's about acts of kindness. It's about how history is the stories of people and the battles they fight within. It's about being a foreigner in a strange country. And it's about the Iran Hostage Crisis of the late 1970s. It's about wanting and finding friends and the importance of family. But I can only say these things looking back on all the little events that happened in the story. While I was listening, I just wanted to find out what happened next. This is a good book for mature ten year olds and up. Nice for a family road trip. I am 65 and I loved it!!!

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    Amazon Customer 02-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "It Ain't So Awful, Falafel "

    It is a narrative of a sweet Iranian-American girl living in California the moment Iran's history changed and it started to be seing as an enemy of the US. It teaches a lot about being human before being from a country or following a religion. Highly recommended.

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    narjes 05-17-17
    narjes 05-17-17
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    "Fascinating story to listen to!"

    Congrats to the the Author Firoozeh Dumas, receiving the inaugural New Americans Children's history book prize. Firoozeh is a great story teller. She makes it so easy to picture each scene while she is capturing moments of history in her strong words with her warm voice. I have also listened to Funny in Farsi & Laughing without accent as well! Kudos to her.

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    Triple C 04-19-17
    Triple C 04-19-17
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    "Fantastic book for all ages! "

    I listened to this audiobook and really enjoyed it! I love to learn about other cultures especially when there is great humor involved. My daughters also listened and couldn't turn it off! The themes of kindness, and perseverance really spoke to them. I'd recommend this book to everyone!

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    JAG 08-24-17
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    "Wonderfully written and narrated."

    Listened to the audiobook everyday with my 9 year old son on the way to school. We both loved it and was sad when it ended. My son is excited to listen to more of her books.

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    "awesome book"

    I thought this book might be boring but as they say never judge a book by its cover. One of the best books i've ever listened to. I highly recommend it!

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    Gary McLaughlin 10-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Incredible Must Read!!"

    This book is wonderful! It is well written, taught me more about the world around me, and reminds us about the importance of kindness! I can’t say enough good things about it.

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    Heather 07-15-17
    Heather 07-15-17
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    "Way better than awful!"

    Firoozeh Dumas does a great job balancing the real historical facts of the Iran hostage crisis with her semi-autobiographical story of living in the U.S. as a middle school kid during that time. Maybe it is because I remember that time so clearly as a kid myself, but the experiences of the main character and how she navigates the perils of middle school and the perils of being "other" in American society felt very true to me. Dumas manages to inject plenty of humor into the story without cheapening the characters' experiences. I plan to promote this book with my fifth graders, who I think will really dig it.

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    Adam Finkelstein Princeton, NJ USA 06-25-17
    Adam Finkelstein Princeton, NJ USA 06-25-17
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    "Great reading by the author!"

    Touching and humorous semi-autobiographical novel enjoyed by the whole family (8 YO+) during a car trip. Very interesting historical setting about Iranian immigrants living in Southern California in the late 70's, told from the perspective of a 12YO. Great reading by the author!

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