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Everything Sad Is Untrue: (A True Story)



by
Daniel Nayeri

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Levine Querido
Imprint
Arthur A. Levine
ISBN
9781646140008

Awards and Honors
2021 Michael L. Printz Award Winner
Publisher's Weekly Best Young Adult Books of 2020
2021 Walter Honoree, Younger Readers Category
2021 Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children's Literature - Honor Book
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Cruelty to Animals , Crime: Drug Trafficking/Dealing , Violence: Domestic/Physical Abuse , Violence: Child Abuse , Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur , Violence: Graphic Descriptions , Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War , Language: Mild Language , Sexual Content: Reference/Discussion , Discrimination: Religious
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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.

We bounce between a school bus of kids armed with paper clip missiles and spitballs to the heroines and heroes of Khosrou's family's past, who ate pastries that made people weep and cry "Akh, Tamar!" and touched carpets woven with precious gems.

Like Scheherazade in a hostile classroom, Daniel weaves a tale to save his own life: to stake his claim to the truth. And it is (a true story).Author’s note.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Cruelty to Animals , Crime: Drug Trafficking/Dealing , Violence: Domestic/Physical Abuse , Violence: Child Abuse , Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur , Violence: Graphic Descriptions , Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War , Language: Mild Language , Sexual Content: Reference/Discussion , Discrimination: Religious

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

368

Trim Size

8 3/5" x 6"

Dewey

F

AR

5.3: points 13

Lexile

800L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jan 2021

Book Genres

Biographical Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Topics

Refugees. Family life. Middle schools. Storytelling. Iranian history. Persian literature.  

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

"At once beautiful and painful, this timely story is highly recommended for middle grade readers."

School Library Journal

Gr 4-8- Nayeri weaves stories within stories in this fictionalized account of his formative years. He shares layers of rich information about life in Iran, refugee camps, and his experiences as an immigrant in the United States during the late 20th century. The themes of family, love, and truth are as strong as those of faith, endurance, memory, and storytelling as Khosrou (also known as Daniel) tries to tell the tales of his beautiful, complicated life and family. Nayeri provides clues about other characters without overexplaining them. Tough issues are discussed, particularly domestic violence, bullying, and life as a refugee and an immigrant, but there is levity, too. Khosrou's thoughts on Manwich sloppy joe sauce, using toilets in the U.S., and his father's overindulgence in Twinkies all lighten this tale. Without being didactic, the text communicates the universality of the human experience and the lack of empathy shown by some, not all, of those he encounters in the U.S. and in the refugee environments. The strongest developed characters are Daniel and his mother; however, readers experience varying levels of complexities of other characters like Daniel's father, stepfather, sister, teacher, and his friends (and enemies). VERDICT At once beautiful and painful, this timely story is highly recommended for middle grade readers.-Hilary Writt, formerly at Sullivan Univ., Lexington, KY?(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

"At once beautiful and painful, this timely story is highly recommended for middle grade readers."

School Library Journal

Gr 4-8- Nayeri weaves stories within stories in this fictionalized account of his formative years. He shares layers of rich information about life in Iran, refugee camps, and his experiences as an immigrant in the United States during the late 20th century. The themes of family, love, and truth are as strong as those of faith, endurance, memory, and storytelling as Khosrou (also known as Daniel) tries to tell the tales of his beautiful, complicated life and family. Nayeri provides clues about other characters without overexplaining them. Tough issues are discussed, particularly domestic violence, bullying, and life as a refugee and an immigrant, but there is levity, too. Khosrou's thoughts on Manwich sloppy joe sauce, using toilets in the U.S., and his father's overindulgence in Twinkies all lighten this tale. Without being didactic, the text communicates the universality of the human experience and the lack of empathy shown by some, not all, of those he encounters in the U.S. and in the refugee environments. The strongest developed characters are Daniel and his mother; however, readers experience varying levels of complexities of other characters like Daniel's father, stepfather, sister, teacher, and his friends (and enemies). VERDICT At once beautiful and painful, this timely story is highly recommended for middle grade readers.-Hilary Writt, formerly at Sullivan Univ., Lexington, KY?(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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