Book List: Asian Voices in Teen Fiction, Muslim Voices in Teen Fiction, Teen Historical Fiction, Teen Life: High School Stories
Author: Arya Shahi
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Omid needs the right words to connect with his newly met grandfather and distant Iranian heritage, words to tell a special girl what she means to him and to show everyone that he truly belongs in Tucson, Arizona, the only home he’s ever known. Neither the school play’s Shakespearian English nor his parents’ Farsi seems up to the task, and it’s only when Omid delves into the rhymes and rhythms of rap music that he starts to find his voice. But even as he does so, an act of terrorism transforms familiar accents into new threats. Then a family member disappears, and it seems everyone but Omid knows why. When words fail altogether, and violence takes their place, what will Omid do next?
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