It Ain't So Awful, Falafel

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 3, 2016 - Juvenile Fiction - 224 pages
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Zomorod (Cindy) Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block . . . for the fourth time. California’s Newport Beach is her family’s latest perch, and she’s determined to shuck her brainy loner persona and start afresh with a new Brady Bunch name—Cindy. It’s the late 1970s, and fitting in becomes more difficult as Iran makes U.S. headlines with protests, revolution, and finally the taking of American hostages. Even mood rings and puka shell necklaces can't distract Cindy from the anti-Iran sentiments that creep way too close to home. A poignant yet lighthearted middle grade debut from the author of the best-selling Funny in Farsi.
 

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"Cindy" moves to Newport Beach. She's Iranian and her dad is working in the U.S. on assignment. An exploration about what it is like to be an immigrant in American, what it is like to be a kid that ... Read full review

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After her family makes their latest move to Newport Beach, eleven year-old, Zomorod grapples with growing up as the new Iranian family in town in the 1970s. Awarded the California Library Association ... Read full review

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Contents

Number Four
1
Trash Talk
6
California Dreamin
10
Knock Knock
13
Love Will Keep Us Together
19
Buy Three Get One Free
21
Price of Friendship
27
The Captain and Me
29
Trashy Drama
230
Sugar Corn Pops
233
Where the Red Fern Dies
234
ClickClack
236
Give Me Your Tired Your Poor Your Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free
239
Day 14
241
A Note Not From Hallmark
243
V is for Vendetta
247

Lucky Dogs
33
Sultans of Suntan
35
Saint AnTony
38
Cinema Rex
42
Go Fish
44
Tuna
51
The Hawaiian Islands
53
Life as a Turtle
55
Pasta
60
No Pain No Gain
64
Never Owned a Camel
67
Its a Good Thing
70
TGIF
74
George
79
Bravo
82
Zenith
85
Mexican Heaven
90
Pistachio
97
Aloha Polar Bear
99
Blanche Dubois
103
Klutz
106
Skip
110
Halloween
114
Poo Poo
122
An Afternoon with John Wayne and Elvis Presley
128
Mount Laundry
131
At Last
134
Radish Roses
135
Some of the Trimmings
137
Uncle Bahbak
141
January 17 1979
143
Ayatollah Khomeini
146
Allo Allo
148
Speech
152
Shalom Salam Hola Howdy
157
February 1979
159
February 11 1979
161
A Slice of Key Lime Pie with a Scoop of Dignity Please
163
Girls Rule Not Anymore
167
Allo Allo
170
Last Chance Clearance
175
Where the Mild Things Are
179
Name Change Game Change
183
Are you There Allah? Its Me Zomorod
189
Chapter Four Pool Rules
196
TwentySix Miles Across the Sea
201
Oh Heck Its OPEC
209
Buttercup
211
Seventh Grade
213
Sixty Minutes
216
October 23 1979
219
Halloween 1979
220
November 4 1979
222
Wrong
223
November 8 1979
224
ByeBye Froufrou
225
Circle Time
228
Proof
249
Love Makes This House A Home
254
To Think Deeply About Something
257
Day 16
259
Just another Thursday in November
260
Mary Elizabeth Crenshaw
261
Please Ask Me About Camels Instead
265
Go Brock
266
Cowboys and Iranians
270
If Only Your Accent Were French or English or Anything Else
272
Brock Rocks
273
Of Mice and Men and Metaphors
275
A Real Drip
279
The Plan
281
A Ham for a Turkey
283
Not Without My Ham
286
AOkay
290
Its Not Like On TV
292
Miss Information
295
December 15 1979
296
No HoHoHo
299
December 27 1979
300
Roll of Thunder Hear My Thanks
301
My Favorite Hostage
302
Read All About It
304
Let There Be Light
309
Aint It Awful Falafel?
310
Gray Skies
313
Valedictorian
315
Summer of 80
317
Thirteen
318
Curtains Closed
320
Forever Yours
322
Uncle Jamshids Neighbors Cousin
323
We Do Exist Really
326
July 27 1980
328
Ring Ring Ring
329
Eighth Grade
331
Sequin Sisters
334
Halloween
335
Following the Rules
338
November 5 1980
340
December 19 1980
341
My Favorite Hostage Part II
342
The French Boy
343
January 20 1981
347
Day 445
348
Foiled
351
Foiled Again
354
Original Cindy
358
Skip Again
361
Holy Mole
366
Back Matter
372
Back Flap
379
Back Cover
380
Spine
381
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About the author (2016)

New York Times bestselling author Firoozeh Dumas was born in Abadan, Iran, and moved to Whittier, California at the age of seven. After a two-year stay, she and her family moved back to Iran and lived in Ahvaz and Tehran. Two years later, they moved back to Whittier, then to Newport Beach. She lives in Munich, Germany, with her husband and three children.