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It Ain't So Awful, Falafel (vuoden 2017 painos)

– tekijä: Firoozeh Dumas (Tekijä)

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"Eleven-year-old Zomorod, originally from Iran, tells her story of growing up Iranian in Southern California during the Iranian Revolution and hostage crisis of the late 1970s"--
Teoksen nimi:It Ain't So Awful, Falafel
Kirjailijat:Firoozeh Dumas (Tekijä)
Info:Clarion Books (2017), Edition: Reprint, 384 pages
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It Ain't So Awful, Falafel (tekijä: Firoozeh Dumas)


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This was a very very very slow book, but it would be a great book for 5 - 7 graders. It has historical relevant content as well as issues that people face today; Racial Profiling, being uprooted to another country for your parent's work, breaking the shy wall in a new place and first crushes . All this through the eyes of a middle school-er from Iran. Some parts cute, like the budding romance and awkward puberty incidents, the creating and breaking of friendships and the cute education of an older Iranian to speak English. I would give this to a 6th grader - maybe a low 7th grader, never 8th and above.
  MrNattania72 | Mar 17, 2020 |
Zomorod Yousefzadeh (Cindy is what she calls herself) is living in America in the late 1970s. She is from Iran and her father is an engineer working in the states. They have lived in California before and they are now back. Cindy has to translate for her mom because she doesn't understand English. This book gets into many of the events of the late 70s with the Iranian hostage crisis and lets us see how it looked from an Iranian perspective. It also gives us a peek into the Iranian culture and just how different we are but just how alike we are as well. Students can learn great lessons from the main character and the events of this book. ( )
  alsparks | Oct 9, 2019 |
Zomord Yousefzadeh (who goes by Cindy, because, well, Zomorod, in America?) has moved to California from Iran in the late 1970s, and is struggling to make friends and belong in American schools and neighborhoods, but she loves America and American culture. At the same time, she loves her Iranian roots. She does make some friends (and some not so friendlies as well) but then the Iranian Revolution happens, along with the capture of the American hostages there, and it's on the news all the time. Anti-Iranian sentiments in the U.S. grow to fever pitch, her father loses his job, and the situation gets more and more dire.
Dumas does an amazing job of telling this semi-autobiographical tale, giving a realistic and factual portrayal of the times, the political turmoil, and the anti-Iranian attitudes and how this Iranian family is affected by it... but at the same time, there are heavy doses of humor, and typical middle-school fun/chaos/drama to keep the book from getting bogged down with heavy material.
Beautifully told, you can't help but love Cindy, and her friends Carolyn, Howie and Rachel. You'll love her father, and have a great deal of sympathy for her mother. A number of other characters make brief appearances, most of which are fun. A++ ( )
  fingerpost | Aug 15, 2019 |
It Ain't So Awful, Falafel is a semi-autobiographical young adult book by Firoozeh Dumas. Like Dumas herself, a young girl named Zomorod Yousefzadeh immigrates to the United States (Newport Beach, California, to be exact) from Iran. Zomorod (Iranian for “emerald”) wants any other name besides her own. She first wishes for “Sara”, then tries on the name “Cindy”. In the setting in cliquish Newport Beach, California during the 1970’s, this attempt at assimilation is not going to work, at first. The story benefits from a strong historical fiction setting during the Iranian hostage incident occurring under President Carter’s and President Reagan’s administrations. The cultural barriers and middle school solutions Zomorod experiences are very real. Her mother does not speak English. Her schoolmates have their own pecking order in the upper-middle class world of Southern California. Even international politics seems to undermine her inclusion. Under both humorous and sometimes painful circumstances, Zomorod’s schoolmates struggle to understand and accept her culture. This book connects readers in a very real way with the zany and frustrating position of being misunderstood because of your cultural heritage. Will Zomorod find solutions and acceptance in her school and her community? To find the answer, I recommend both adults and students 4th grade level and up read It Ain't So Awful, Falafel. ( )
  JB_Chad | Jul 1, 2019 |
Recommended Ages: Gr. 4-7

Plot Summary: Zomorod is moving again, for the 4th time. It's not easy, even though this move is an hour away not across an ocean like her other moves. She's ready to start over and make some real, actual friends, not just books. The summer before starting at her new school, she meets a neighbor named the exact American name Zomorod chose for herself. The two Cindys hang out over the summer but right before school starts, Original Cindy tells Cindy she doesn't want to be friends. Cindy is somewhat relieved to not have to listen to boring stories anymore but also somewhat frustrated she now has to try to avoid the only person she knows at school. Thankfully, Carolyn introduces herself in the first few days of school and they find they have so much in common. Life seems awesome and just what Cindy always hoped for until the Iranian Revolution and the hostages. Suddenly, she becomes the token Iranian and must answer questions, give speeches in class, explain to everyone what is happening. And life gets even worse when the hostages are taken and the US takes the former shah (king) for cancer treatment. Now people are starting to show their racism towards Cindy and her family. What will happen to Cindy? Will she and her family be forced to move back to Iran, which now involves no women's rights in their former country?

Setting: Southern California (moved from Compton to Newton Beach), 1978; Iran

Cindy - AKA Zomorod Yousefzadeh, starts as 6th grader, ends as 8th grader
Original Cindy - only interested in horses, doesn't ask Cindy questions about herself, wants to suntan, has a mean mother who shows her racism during the hostage situation
Maman - probably has depression, has no desire to learn English or leave the house, is sad all the time about being away from her sisters and family in Iran, gives Cindy the silent treatment when she loses the pool key
Baba - engineer, the one Cindy goes to when she needs to ask permission to go somewhere or to buy something, constantly tells Cindy pets will cause her to go blind
Pooya and Pooyan - 19 and 20 y/o, sons of family friend who stay with Cindy and her family for two weeks, wear speedos and gold chain necklaces and seem only interested in finding girls, although they are supposedly in the US to look at colleges
Carolyn - 12 y/o, lived in Newton Beach her whole life in a nice single family home,
Rachel - 12 y/o, approaches Cindy after her speech about Iran to the class, become friends
Howie - tall girl from Girl Scouts, become friends after bonding over mispronouncing desire
Mr. and Mrs. Klein - live next door, have son named David that Cindy babysits occasionally and they do origami together, pays $1 an hour, listens to Baba talks about Iran when he comes over to borrow ladder
Brock - shouts out a comment about a camel when Cindy introduces herself, throws tomatoes at Cindy, seems to be a leader of the group, a surfer, smarter than he leads himself to be

Recurring Themes: friendship, independence, immigrants, kindness, Iranian revolution, family, depression, racism, hospitality, intelligence

Controversial Issues:
pg 21 - buy keychain on sale that has two bulldogs sitting in a boat holding fishing rods and drinking beer
receives 2 "sexy grandma" tshirts

Personal Thoughts: This is one of those books I think I'll look back and remember I liked it because I learned a lot from it and because the storyline was decent, but I also have a lot of problems with it. Despite the fact that it's based on the authors real life, I don't think it's entirely authentic. Carolyn's voice seems too mature, Carolyn has no other friends despite the fact that she has lived there her whole life, and Carolyn's mom is willing to take Cindy into her house so quickly without having more discussions with Cindy's parents? I also felt like there were times where it was so obvious the author was trying to get us to learn about Iranian history. Finally, I think the conflict is a coming-of-age tale with a whole lot of Iranian history and culture mixed in, but there isn't one main conflict to keep reader's going. Finally, the teachers drive me nuts. They allow way too many completely rude comments with very little repercussions for the students.

Genre: historical fiction

Pacing: short chapters, read in one day but slightly skimmed, no true conflict
Characters: somewhat developed, not necessarily authentic

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  pigeonlover | Apr 24, 2019 |
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