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Reading into History Family Book Club, with guest Firoozeh Dumas

New-York Historical Society
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We're thrilled to welcome back Firoozeh Dumas, winner of our 2016 New Americans Children's History Book Prize! At our April Reading into History Family Book Club, we're reading her award-winning book "It Ain't So Awful, Falafel" about Cindy, a young girl from Iran who faces a tough adjustment to life in the U.S. Following the discussion, stick around for author Q&A and a look at special objects related to the Iranian Revolution. All ages welcome.

After a rocky start, Cindy (Zomorod to her parents) finds a comfortable niche in her California middle school until political upheaval and revolution in Iran reach the United States, threatening her future and her family’s safety. Her engineer dad, who loves to talk about the oil industry, and her unhappy mom, who won’t learn English, pose bigger obstacles to fitting in. On her own journey to maturity, Cindy deftly guides young readers through Iran’s complicated realities in this fresh take on the immigrant experience—authentic, funny, and moving from beginning to end.
–Kirkus Review, February 17, 2016