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Everything Sad Is Untrue

Everything Sad Is Untrue

(a True Story)

Book - 2020
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"At the front of a middle school classroom in Oklahoma, a boy named Khosrou (whom everyone calls "Daniel") stands, trying to tell a story. His story. But no one believes a word he says. To them he is a dark-skinned, hairy-armed boy with a big butt whose lunch smells funny; who makes things up and talks about poop too much. But Khosrou's stories, stretching back years, and decades, and centuries, are beautiful, and terrifying, from the moment his family fled Iran in the middle of the night with the secret police moments behind them, back to the sad, cement refugee camps of Italy, and further back to the fields near the river Aras, where rain-soaked flowers bled red like the yolk of sunset burst over everything, and further back still to the Jasmine-scented city of Isfahan. But Khosrou's stories, stretching back years, and decades, and centuries, are beautiful, and terrifying, from the moment his family fled Iran in the middle of the night with the secret police moments behind them, back to the sad, cement refugee camps of Italy.and further back to the fields near the river Aras, where rain-soaked flowers bled red like the yolk of sunset burst over everything, and further back still to the Jasmine-scented city of Isfahan."--Amazon.
Publisher: New York : Levine Querido, 2020.
ISBN: 9781646140008
1646140001
Characteristics: 356 pages : 22 cm.

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The 2021 winner of Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults.

This is the 2021 Printz Award winner. At the front of a middle school classroom in Oklahoma, a boy named Khosrou (whom everyone calls "Daniel") stands, trying to tell a story. His story. But no one believes a word he says.

At the front of a middle school classroom in Oklahoma, a boy named Khosrou (whom everyone calls "Daniel") stands, trying to tell a story. His story. But no one believes a word he says.


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Joanne_64
Apr 02, 2021

This story, based in the author's personal experience, shares the memories of a boy who was forced to leave Iran with his mother and sister when he was only 5. Its a powerful sharing of a patchwork of experiences and interactions with family, strangers, classmates, and others as he lives and moves through Iran, Dubai, Italy, and finally, Oklahoma. It is both painful and uplifting, full of sorrow and hope, and paints quite a picture of how we, as people all around the world, treat other people who are like ourselves, and unlike ourselves.
If you would like a glimmer of understanding of what it is like to be a refugee, I believe you will find this book to be both sobering and enlightening.

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